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



    (especially US English mold) verb
    BrE BrE//məʊld//
    ; NAmE NAmE//moʊld//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they mould
    BrE BrE//məʊld//
    ; NAmE NAmE//moʊld//
    he / she / it moulds
    BrE BrE//məʊldz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//moʊldz//
    past simple moulded
    BrE BrE//ˈməʊldɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmoʊldɪd//
    past participle moulded
    BrE BrE//ˈməʊldɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmoʊldɪd//
    -ing form moulding
    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 mould mould A (into B) First, mould the clay into the desired shape. mould B (from/out of/in A) The figure had been moulded in clay. See related entries: Artwork and techniques, Art equipment
  2. 2[transitive] to strongly influence the way somebody’s character, opinions, etc. develop mould somebody/something The experience had moulded and coloured her whole life. mould somebody/something into somebody/something He moulded them into a superb team.
  3. 3[intransitive, transitive] mould (something) to something to fit or make something fit tightly around the shape of something The fabric moulds to the body.
  4. Word Originverb Middle English: apparently from Old French modle, from Latin modulus ‘measure’, diminutive of modus.