Idioms for shape

    take shape, to assume a fixed form; become definite: The house is beginning to take shape.

Origin of shape

before 900; (noun) Middle English; Old English gesceapu (plural); replacing dial. shap, Middle English; Old English gesceap (singular); cognate with Old Norse skap state, mood; (v.) Middle English; Old English sceapen (past participle); replacing Middle English sheppe, shippe, Old English sceppan, scyppan; cognate with German schaffen, Old Norse skepja, Gothic -skapjan to make

SYNONYMS FOR shape

4 specter, illusion.
7 order, pattern.
8 order, situation.
14 mold, model.

OTHER WORDS FROM shape

Definition for shapes (2 of 2)

SHAPE

or Shape

[ sheyp ]
/ ʃeɪp /

noun

Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers, Europe.
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British Dictionary definitions for shapes (1 of 2)

shape
/ (ʃeɪp) /

noun

verb

Derived forms of shape

shapable or shapeable, adjectiveshaper, noun

Word Origin for shape

Old English gesceap, literally: that which is created, from scieppan to create; related to sceap sexual organs, Old Norse skap destiny, Old High German scaf form

British Dictionary definitions for shapes (2 of 2)

SHAPE
/ (ʃeɪp) /

n acronym for

Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe
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Idioms and Phrases with shapes

shape

In addition to the idiom beginning with shape

  • shape up

also see:

  • bent out of shape
  • in condition (shape)
  • lick into shape
  • take shape
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