- 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.
Idioms about shape
Origin of shape
synonym study for shape
OTHER WORDS FROM shape
Other definitions for shape (2 of 2)
How to use shape in a sentence
I was in great shape for rugby, my job in construction and then as a police officer.The Gym-Free Pandemic Workout: Kettlebells, Indian Clubs, Sandbags, Oh My!|Eugene Robinson|August 25, 2020|Ozy
However, consumers don’t land on the pages but look for a particular product with a specific design, color, shape, etc.
While much of the US continues to cry out for racial justice, a quieter conversation is taking shape about face recognition technology and the police.There is a crisis of face recognition and policing in the US|Tate Ryan-Mosley|August 14, 2020|MIT Technology Review
Leave computers out of it, and all of a sudden US manufacturing appeared to be in very bad shape.
A big part of learning to draw involves learning to pay attention to the shapes on our retina.This Vision Experiment Resolved a Centuries-Old Philosophical Debate - Facts So Romantic|Jim Davies|August 14, 2020|Nautilus
"We live on enormous territory, our eyes have different shapes, we believe in different religions," she said.Rebranding The Land of Mongol Warriors & Ivan The Terrible|Anna Nemtsova|December 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Traditional coach seats gave the illusion of comfortable padding but were angular, not reflecting body shapes.Flying Coach Is the New Hell: How Airlines Engineer You Out of Room|Clive Irving|November 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Picasso worked from the photograph to create the blocked, jagged shapes he painted on canvas.
Either way, it highlights the subtle and fascinating way life shapes—as well as being shaped by—its environment.Why Did It Take So Long For Complex Life To Evolve On Earth? Blame Oxygen.|Matthew R. Francis|November 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“Her paintings and paints in the palest colors, and simplest shapes, pretty much covered the studio,” Bradlee wrote.The Bizarre Tale of Ben Bradlee, JFK, and the Master Spy|Will Rahn|October 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The pipes are of various shapes and sizes and are arranged in ranks or rows upon the wind-chest.The Recent Revolution in Organ Building|George Laing Miller
The tobacco is worked into both cigars and cheroots both of which have a variety of shapes.
One resource so influential that it often shapes the economic pattern of a state is soil.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia|Dorothy M. Torpey
It's seeing people and objects in their weird entirety, in their true and complete shapes, that is so distressing.Three More John Silence Stories|Algernon Blackwood
Coming to the first of the dim shapes, he grasped it and thereby propelled the skiff to another beyond.Dope|Sax Rohmer
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)
Other 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