verb (used with object), shaped, shap·ing.
verb (used without object), shaped, shap·ing.
- to assume a specific form: The plan is beginning to shape up.
- to evolve or develop, especially favorably.
- to improve one's behavior or performance to meet a required standard.
- to get oneself into good physical condition.
- (of longshoremen) to get into a line or formation in order to be assigned the day's work.
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Idioms for shape
Origin of shape
synonym study for shape
OTHER WORDS FROM shape
Words nearby shape
Definition for shape (2 of 2)
Example sentences from the Web for shape
A chrome-plated steel nib writes smoothly and holds its shape for years.No-fuss fountain pens that make your note taking and letter writing more elegant|PopSci Commerce Team|September 15, 2020|Popular Science
We quickly realized that indexing problems come in all possible shapes and sizes.
It is only connected to the collection of shapes and sounds that make up the word tree because we have all agreed that it is.The true love story in Elif Batuman’s The Idiot is a love affair with language|Constance Grady|September 11, 2020|Vox
One of Howell’s own studies, she and her team reported online in August in mSphere, suggests that fungal species in particular shape the metabolites — and thus aroma and flavor — in wine from different growing regions in Australia.How does a crop’s environment shape a food’s smell and taste?|Carolyn Beans|September 10, 2020|Science News
I think it helped us connect, not to compare struggles, they’re all different, but to connect with a lot of different people who are in that struggle for belonging in some way, shape or form.Pete Buttigieg Says Dems Did Not Coordinate to Seal Biden’s Primary Win|Nick Fouriezos|September 9, 2020|Ozy
I mean, physically, mentally, you know, in every way, shape, and form.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003|Vicky Ward|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Why the size and shape of a copper still is at the core of whisky distillation.
Nor is his face, or more accurately the shape of the hair that hides his face, easy to forget.
By pure chance I had been posted to Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers in Europe, SHAPE, on the outskirts of Paris.
But the FDA allowed Spinal Solutions to continue selling its products while the company tried to shape up, court filings show.
Its shape is exactly the same as a lead probe figured by Par for the insertion of the apolinose.Surgical Instruments in Greek and Roman Times|John Stewart Milne
The shape of the glottis is also modified in numerous ways by the movement of the tongue and mandibles.Our Bird Comrades|Leander S. (Leander Sylvester) Keyser
“Indeed, Mr. Anne, you two be very much of a shape,” said Rowley.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 20 (of 25)|Robert Louis Stevenson
I think she saw me—that my quicker change of place detached my shape sufficiently to make it discernible.The Flight of the Shadow|George MacDonald
In this second specimen the whole internal surface of the posterior cavity likewise differs to a certain extent in shape.
British Dictionary definitions for shape (1 of 2)
- in bad physical condition
- bent, twisted, or deformed
Derived forms of shapeshapable or shapeable, adjectiveshaper, noun
Word Origin for shape
British Dictionary definitions for shape (2 of 2)
n acronym for
Idioms and Phrases with shape
In addition to the idiom beginning with shape
- shape up
- bent out of shape
- in condition (shape)
- lick into shape
- take shape