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.
- shape note,
- shape up,
- shape-note singing,
Origin of shape
Examples from the Web for shaping
Women deserve to have meaningful roles in the shaping of the future of Afghanistan.
Apparently, 2016 is not shaping up as a Democratic slam dunk.
But this is shaping up to be the hottest product of the year, so your favorite techie will surely appreciate an I.O.U from Santa.The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Richard Hendriks in Your Life|Allison McNearney|November 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“It sounds like the kind of decision that a candidate and a campaign would be instrumental in shaping,” she said.Is Ready for Hillary Ready to Fold—or Work With Candidate Clinton?|David Freedlander|November 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For many African Americans, this is shaping up to be the Ferguson Election.
Thus also with the shaping of character, and thus was Mr. Marrapit, collected in minor affairs, mighty in this crisis.Once Aboard The Lugger|Arthur Stuart-Menteth Hutchinson
Beaver-dams have had much to do with the shaping and creating of a great deal of the richest agricultural land in America.Wild Life on the Rockies|Enos A. Mills
The river was splitting into a dozen smaller streams, shaping out fanlike.The Time Traders|Andre Norton
Far from being buried in the past it remained the chief factor in her life, colouring and shaping the whole of her future.Prisoners|Mary Cholmondeley
He who chooses may read betwixt the lines of history this great truth: Evil itself is an instrument toward the shaping of good.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates|Howard Pyle
- 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