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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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
British Dictionary definitions for shaping (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 shaping (2 of 2)
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Medical definitions for shaping
Idioms and Phrases with shaping
In addition to the idiom beginning with shape
- shape up
- bent out of shape
- in condition (shape)
- lick into shape
- take shape