mouldmould1 British English, mold American English /məʊld $ moʊld/ ●○○ noun 🔊 🔊 1shaped container [countable]DFU a hollowcontainer that you pour a liquid or softsubstance into, so that when it becomes solid, it takes the shape of the container 🔊 Another method, used especially for figures, was to pour the clay into a mould. 🔊 lime jello in a mould2type of person [singular]TYPE if someone is in a particular mould, or fits into a particular mould, they have all the attitudes and qualitiestypical of a type of personfit (into) a mould 🔊 She didn’t quite fit into the standard ‘high-flying businesswoman’ mould.in the same mould (as somebody/something)/in the mould of somebody/something 🔊 a socialist intellectual in the mould of Anthony Crosland3 →break the mould4growing substance [uncountable]HBD a soft green, grey, or black substance that grows on food which has been kept too long, and on objects that are in warmwet air → mouldy 🔊 The chemical was used to kill a mold that grows on peanuts. 🔊 The walls were black with mould. →leaf mouldCOLLOCATIONS – Meanings 2 & 3verbsbreak the mould (=do things in a completely new way)The program broke the mould of the traditional TV chat show.fit the mould (=be like other things of the same type)She doesn't fit the mould of the stereotypical mother.be in the mould of somebody/something (=to be similar to something)As an actor he is in the mould of Bruce Lee.be cast in a mould (=be very like something )He didn't want to be cast in the mould of being an academic.come from a different/the same mould (=be different from or similar to other things of the same type)He clearly comes from a different mould than his brother.adjectivesthe traditional/classic mould (=the usual way)He was not a conservative in the traditional mould.
mouldmould2 British English, mold American English verb 🔊 🔊 1[transitive]DFCTI to shape a soft substance by pressing or rolling it or by putting it into a mouldmould something into something 🔊 Mould the sausage meat into little balls. 🔊 moulded plastic chairs2[transitive]EFFECT/INFLUENCE to influence the way someone’s character or attitudes developmould something/somebody into something 🔊 I try to take young athletes and mold them into team players. 🔊 an attempt to mold public opinion3[intransitive, transitive]TIGHT to fit closely to the shape of something, or to make something fit closelymould (something) to something 🔊 The lining of the boot molds itself to the shape of your foot. 🔊 Her wet dress was moulded to her body.→ See Verb table