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Definition of mold noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] a container that you pour a liquid or soft substance into, which then becomes solid in the same shape as the container, for example when it is cooled or cooked A clay mold is used for casting bronze statues. Pour the chocolate into a heart-shaped mold. They broke the mold when they made you (= there is nobody like you).
  2. 2[countable, usually singular] a particular style showing the characteristics, attitudes, or behavior typical of someone or something a hero in the “Superman” mold He is cast in a different mold from his predecessor. She doesn't fit (into) the traditional mold of an academic.
  3. 3[uncountable, countable] a soft green, gray, or black substance like fur that grows on old food or on objects that are left in warm wet air There's mold on the cheese. molds and fungi mold growth see also leaf mold
  4. Idioms
    break the mold (of something)
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    to change what people expect from a situation, especially by acting in a dramatic and original way
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