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
OTHER WORDS FROM shape
Words nearby shape
Definition for shapes (2 of 2)
Example sentences from the Web for shapes
Thinking about, with all that is in the past and the way it shapes the present, how do you go forward into the future?
Peggy has a reputation for miraculously fitting women of all shapes and sizes, and she more than lives up to it.
Who shapes what the public comes to see as truth, and how truthful is that truth?How the ‘Witch Hunt’ Myth Undermined American Justice|Jason Berry|July 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It shapes the beliefs of everyone, but gives power to the those of the favored group.
Forming the shapes of the Lincoln Memorial and a cannon among others, Buckeye fans got an entertaining and educational show.Exploding Whale, Black Friday and More Viral Videos|The Daily Beast Video|November 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
As the skill increases, shapes with double curves and long or narrow necks may eventually be achieved.Pottery, for Artists Craftsmen & Teachers|George J. Cox
So may have looked afrites or the shapes metamorphosed from the vapour of the fisherman's vase.Roads of Destiny|O. Henry
The same law that shapes the earth and the stars shapes the snowflake.The Log of the Sun|William Beebe
The shapes and faces that the hills of sand built round him were the play of excited fancy only.Four Weird Tales|Algernon Blackwood
The shore was strewn with timber and pieces of plank of all shapes.The Rival Crusoes|W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for shapes (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 shapes (2 of 2)
n acronym for
Idioms and Phrases with shapes
In addition to the idiom beginning with shape
- shape up
- bent out of shape
- in condition (shape)
- lick into shape
- take shape