Origin of shaped
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.
Origin of shape
Synonyms for shape
Related Words for shapedfashion, carve, frame, construct, embody, produce, build, forge, mold, develop, prepare, modify, tailor, adapt, become, regulate, guide, define, trim, sketch
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Contemporary Examples of shaped
How has your experience been shaped by digital encounters and the social web?The Unbearable Whiteness of Protesting
Rawiya Kameir, Judnick Mayard
December 10, 2014
Now, Thorne is out with a new diagram-heavy, 300-page book detailing how he shaped the science that powers the movie.Meet Kip Thorne, the Man Who Crafted the Artful Science of ‘Interstellar’
November 14, 2014
During the convention, debates about the executive were shaped by the belief that Washington would be its first office-holder.Washington’s Wheeler-Dealer Patriotism
October 31, 2014
He thought outside the box and through humor, shaped public discourse and opinion.Why George Carlin Deserves His Own Street
October 21, 2014
Their time outside the Hasidic community has not only shaped their music, but their approach to religion.The Sisterhood of Bulletproof Stockings: It’s Ladies’ Night for Hasidic Rockers
September 30, 2014
Historical Examples of shaped
It is a single round, low tower, shaped like the tomb of Cacilia Metella.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
By heredity and discipline all minds are shaped to this great hour.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
"Wait a minute," said Reid, his long, delicately shaped fingers trembling.The Bacillus of Beauty
A Prairie-dog hole is shaped like a funnel, going straight down.Johnny Bear
E. T. Seton
An oar has been made since I came in, wanting the shaped handle.The Uncommercial Traveller
- in bad physical condition
- bent, twisted, or deformed
Word Origin for shape
n acronym for
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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with shape
- shape up
- bent out of shape
- in condition (shape)
- lick into shape
- take shape