to start to exist and develop; to make something start to exist and develop:
[verb used alone] A plan formed in my head.
[verb + noun phrase] I formed many close friendships at college; I didn’t see enough of the play to form an opinion about it.
SYNONYMS make create • develop • produce • generate • form
These words all mean to make something from parts or materials, or to cause something to exist or happen.
make to create or prepare something by combining materials or putting parts together; to cause something to exist or happen: She makes her own clothes; She made agood impression on the interviewer. create to make something exist or happen, especially something new that did not exist before: Scientists disagree about how the universe was created.
MAKE OR CREATE? Make is a more general word and is more often used for physical things: you would usually make a table/dress/ cake but create jobs/wealth. You can use create for something physical in order to emphasize how original or unusual the object is: Try this new dish, created by our head chef.
develop (used especially in business contexts) to think of and produce a new product: to develop new software produce to make things to be sold; to create something using skill: a factory that produces microchips generate to produce or create something, especially power, money or ideas: to generate electricity; Brainstorming is a good way of generating ideas. form [often passive] to make something from something else; to make something into something else: Rearrange the letters to form a new word; The chain is formed from 136 links.
PATTERNS AND COLLOCATIONS • to make/create/develop/produce/generate/form something from/out of something • to make/form something into something • to make/produce wine • to create/develop a new product • to create/produce/generate income/profits/wealth • to produce/generate electricity/heat/power