But there is little question that if such a coalition is to take shape, the United States will have to lead it.
Without him, those visions will now have a little less room to take shape.
Slowly the eulogies began to take shape, common themes woven through the contours of their extraordinary individual lives.
Politics must take shape in the upper strata and work downwards.
Such thoughts as these did not take shape distinctly in her mind.
Yes; it is forming independently of his will, and he says, "Let it take shape."
He does not give it a name—he scarce dares let it take shape in his thoughts.
It is good to see the young trees acquire size and take shape.
In it the ideas and the desires by which nations live must be made to take shape.
They are crescive when they take shape in the mores, growing by the instinctive efforts by which the mores are produced.
Old English scapan, past participle of scieppan "to create, form, destine" (past tense scop), from Proto-Germanic *skapjanan "create, ordain" (cf. Old Norse skapa, Danish skabe, Old Saxon scapan, Old Frisian skeppa, Middle Dutch schappen "do, treat," Old High German scaffan, German schaffen "shape, create, produce"), from PIE root *(s)kep- a base forming words meaning "to cut, scrape, hack" (see scabies), which acquired broad technical senses and in Germanic a specific sense of "to create."
Old English scieppan survived into Middle English as shippen, but shape emerged as a regular verb (with past tense shaped) by 1500s. The old past participle form shapen survives in misshapen. Middle English shepster (late 14c.) "dressmaker, female cutter-out," is literally "shape-ster," from Old English scieppan.
Meaning "to form in the mind" is from late 14c. Phrase Shape up (v.) is literally "to give form to by stiff or solid material;" attested from 1865 as "progress;" from 1938 as "reform;" shape up or ship out is attested from 1956, originally U.S. military slang, with the sense being "do right or get shipped up to active duty."
Old English sceap, gesceap "form; created being, creature; creation; condition; sex, genitalia," from root of shape (v.)). Meaning "contours of the body" is attested from late 14c. Meaning "condition, state" is first recorded 1865, American English. In Middle English, the word in plural also had a sense of "a woman's private parts." Shape-shifter attested from 1820. Out of shape "not in proper shape" is from 1690s. Shapesmith "one who undertakes to improve the form of the body" was used in 1715.
Condition; state of fitness: I have to find out what shape they're in (1865+)