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English noun: mold

1. mold (shape) the distinctive form in which a thing is made

SamplesPottery of this cast was found throughout the region.

Synonymscast, mould, stamp

Broader (hypernym)solid

2. mold (artifact) container into which liquid is poured to create a given shape when it hardens

Synonymscast, mould

Broader (hypernym)container

Narrower (hyponym)form, matrix, pig, pig bed, sandbox

3. mold (substance) loose soil rich in organic matter


Broader (hypernym)dirt, soil

Narrower (hyponym)leaf mold, leaf mould, leaf soil

4. mold (process) the process of becoming mildewed

Synonymsmildew, mould

Broader (hypernym)spoilage, spoiling

5. mold (plant) a fungus that produces a superficial growth on various kinds of damp or decaying organic matter


Broader (hypernym)fungus

Narrower (hyponym)mucor, rhizopus, water mold

6. mold (food) a dish or dessert that is formed in or on a mold

SamplesA lobster mold.
A gelatin dessert made in a mold.


Broader (hypernym)afters, dessert, dish, sweet

7. mold (attribute) a distinctive nature, character, or type

SamplesA leader in the mold of her predecessors.


Broader (hypernym)earmark, hallmark, stylemark, trademark

8. mold (artifact) sculpture produced by molding

Synonymsclay sculpture, modeling, molding, mould, moulding

Broader (hypernym)sculpture

English verb: mold

1. mold (creation) form in clay, wax, etc

SamplesModel a head with clay.

ExamplesDid he mold his major works over a short period of time?

Synonymsmodel, mould

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)forge, form, mold, mould, shape, work

Domain categoryart, artistic creation, artistic production

2. mold (change) become moldy; spoil due to humidity

SamplesThe furniture molded in the old house.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)change

Narrower (hyponym)dry-rot, smut

3. mold (creation) form by pouring (e.g., wax or hot metal) into a cast or mold

SamplesCast a bronze sculpture.

Synonymscast, mould

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)forge, form, mold, mould, shape, work

Narrower (hyponym)press, press out, recast, remold, remould, sand cast

4. mold (creation) make something, usually for a specific function

SamplesShe molded the rice balls carefully.
Form cylinders from the dough.
Shape a figure.
Work the metal into a sword.

Synonymsforge, form, mould, shape, work

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)create from raw material, create from raw stuff

Narrower (hyponym)beat, carve, cast, chip, coil, cut out, grind, hand-build, handbuild, hill, layer, machine, model, mold, mold, mould, mould, mound, preform, preform, puddle, remold, reshape, roughcast, sculpt, sculpture, sinter, stamp, swage, throw, upset

Verb groupprocess, work, work on

5. mold (contact) fit tightly, follow the contours of

SamplesThe dress molds her beautiful figure.

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)adhere, cleave, cling, cohere, stick

6. mold (cognition) shape or influence; give direction to

SamplesExperience often determines ability.
Mold public opinion.

Synonymsdetermine, influence, regulate, shape

Pattern of useSomething ----s something.
Somebody ----s whether INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)cause, do, make

Narrower (hyponym)carry weight, decide, disincline, dispose, incline, index, indispose, miscreate, pace, predetermine, reshape, time

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