Definition of mold verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (especially US English) (British English, Canadian English mould) verb
    BrE BrE//məʊld//
    ; NAmE NAmE//moʊld//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they mold
    BrE BrE//məʊld//
    ; NAmE NAmE//moʊld//
    he / she / it molds
    BrE BrE//məʊldz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//moʊldz//
    past simple molded
    BrE BrE//ˈməʊldɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmoʊldɪd//
    past participle molded
    BrE BrE//ˈməʊldɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmoʊldɪd//
    -ing form molding
    BrE BrE//ˈməʊldɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmoʊldɪŋ//
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  1. 1[transitive] to shape a soft substance into a particular form or object by pressing it or by putting it into a mold mold A (into B) First, mold the clay into the desired shape. mold B (from/out of/in A) The figure had been molded in clay.
  2. 2[transitive] to strongly influence the way somebody’s character, opinions, etc. develop mold somebody/something The experience had molded and coloured her whole life. mold somebody/something into somebody/something He molded them into a superb team.
  3. 3[intransitive, transitive] mold (something) to something to fit or make something fit tightly around the shape of something The fabric molds to the body.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: mold