Translation of form in Spanish:

form

Pronunciation: /fɔːrm; fɔːm/

noun/nombre

  • 1 c and u 1.1 (shape) forma (feminine) a monster in human form un monstruo con forma humana to take form [object/idea] tomar forma the female form la figura femenina
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    • One of the nicest seasons of the year is autumn and it reflects itself in many shapes, colours and forms.
    • It is the rare gardener who is not smitten by their array of brilliant colors and graceful forms.
    • This urban contemporary collection keeps things in perspective with simple forms, clean lines and subtle shapes.
    1.2 (manner, guise) forma (feminine) in tablet form en forma de tabletas the invitation came in the form of a letter nos ( or me etc) invitó por carta the recipe requires fat in some form or other algún tipo de grasa hay que usar en la receta adolescent rebellion can take many forms la rebelión adolescente puede adoptar diversas formas what form should our protest take? ¿cómo deberíamos manifestar nuestra protesta?
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    • Virtually all the important research continues to appear in the form of papers in journals.
    • Draft policies then appeared in the form of reports brought before Council for formal approval.
    • The survey will be in the form of a questionnaire, asking about people's experience of the NHS in their area.
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    • That morning Christine had been on great form but at 8pm her mood changed dramatically.
    • I only spoke to Glenn three weeks ago and he was in fine form and looking forward to the future.
    • And then yesterday I retired to my sickbed, feeling decidedly under the weather, and am still not on top form today.
  • 2 2.1 c and u (type, kind) tipo (masculine) they require some form of explanation necesitan algún tipo de explicación other forms of life otras formas de vida birds are a higher form of life than insects las aves son una especie superior a los insectos 2.2 countable/numerable [Linguistics/Lingüística] forma (feminine)
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    • In other instances, there are related prepositional and adverbial forms.
    • These different shapes spell out word forms that belong to the verb lexeme crown.
    • English does not require the use of gender-differentiated forms of the definite article and other similar words.
    2.3 c and u (style) forma (feminine) form and content forma y contenido or fondo
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    • In the argument of content over form or vice-versa, here content dictates form.
    • The book reflects the structure of the conference in both form and content in an attempt to capture the dynamism of the event.
    • Branagh's film thus presents us once again with a provocative conflict between form and content.
    2.4 c and u [Philos] forma (feminine)
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    • The two most effective forms of mass direct action are riots and strikes.
    • Early forms of male pattern balding do well with treatment.
    • The geological period known as the Cambrian is marked by the rather sudden appearance of all the basic forms of animals now in existence.
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    • In many cases, the formes are reminders of the work of the individual tradesmen whose handiwork has outlived them.
    • Elastomeric materials have long been used to produce printing blocks, printing rollers, printing formes and elastomeric covered printing sleeves for flexographic printing.
  • 3 uncountable/no numerable 3.1 (fitness, ability) forma (feminine) to be in good/poor form [athlete] estar* en buena/baja forma or en buen/mal estado físico he is off form because of flu está en baja forma por la gripe he's on form tonight está en forma or en vena esta noche to study (the) form (in horseracing, football pools) estudiar el panorama on past form it seems unlikely that … conociendo su historial, no parece probable que … 3.2 (criminal record) (British English/inglés británico) [slang/argot] to have form tener* antecedentes
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    • Based on the two teams' current form, today's encounter looks set to be close fought and could go either way.
    • On current domestic form, Liverpool might not see another Champions League night like this for a very long time to come.
    • Their first league victory of the season will surely not be far away with David Bentley in his current form.
  • 4 uncountable/no numerable (etiquette) as a matter of form por educación or cortesía to be bad/good form (especially British English/especialmente inglés británico) ser* de mala/buena educación what's the form? (British English/inglés británico) ¿cuál es el procedimiento a seguir?
  • 6 countable/numerable (bench) (especially British English/especialmente inglés británico) banco (masculine)
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    • The shelter inside was totally dark and one had to grope to find a place to sit on the backless wooden forms.
    • The original seats were old wooden forms which could be pushed back against the wall.
    • It was a truck with a projector in the back that they'd back up to the hall, open a flap in the wall and the projector would poke through that. We'd sit on forms watching cowboy movies, I think cowboy movies was all they showed!
  • 7 countable/numerable (British English/inglés británico) [Sch] (class) clase (feminine); (year) curso (masculine), año (masculine)
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    • I am a supply teacher and I have been for the past nine years teaching in primary schools, high schools, sixth forms and colleges.
    • It plans to do this by reducing four of its year groups from three forms per year to two forms by merging the classes.
    • I took her straight back to see her form tutor and they promised to do something about it.
  • 9 countable/numerable (mold) molde (masculine)
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    • A slab foundation is made by building wooden forms and pouring the concrete into these forms.
    • The quality of this work depends not on the mix of the material itself, but rather on the formwork into which the concrete is poured. Well crafted, watertight wooden forms are essential.
  • 10 countable/numerable (dummy) (American English/inglés norteamericano) maniquí (masculine)
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    • Suddenly, they noticed the form of an animal ahead, leaning down to drink.
    • He held her so that she could not move, his strong arms encircled about her slender form.
    • Her slender form was a crumpled heap in his arms, with bruises and blood marring her creamy white skin.

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1 1.1 (shape, mold) formar; [character] formar, moldear how do you form the future tense? ¿cómo se forma el futuro? 1.2 (take shape of) [line/circle/shape] formar
  • 2 (develop) [opinion/idea] formarse; [habit] adquirir*
  • 4 (set up, establish) [committee/government/company] formar

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • 1 1.1 (develop) [idea/plan/suspicion] tomar forma a scheme to make money formed in my head un plan para hacer dinero fue tomando forma en mi mente 1.2 (be made) [ice/steam/fog] formarse ice forms on water se forma hielo en el agua
  • 2

    form (up)

    (take shape) to form into a line formar fila we formed (up) into groups formamos varios grupos, nos dividimos en grupos

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