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shape

shape

 
 
pronunciation:
sheIp
parts of speech:
noun, verb
phrases:
take shape
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the appearance of an object as defined by its outer surface or outline; form.
Anne sorted the blocks by shape, cubes on the left and cylinders on the right.
 
synonyms:
contour, figure, form
similar words:
outline
definition 2: an ordered or organized form.
Writing often helps people to give shape to their ideas.
synonyms:
order, organization
similar words:
condition, trim
definition 3: physical condition.
The professional athlete is in top shape.
synonyms:
condition, trim
similar words:
form, repair
phrase: take shape
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: shaped, shapes, shaping
definition 1: to give a certain form or shape to; mold.
We shaped the clay into a pot.
 
synonyms:
fashion, model, mold
similar words:
cast, create, form, frame, pattern, style
definition 2: to give a direction or character to.
He is shaping his life after his grandfather's.
synonyms:
forge, model, mold
similar words:
design, develop, direct, fashion, form, order, organize, plan, tailor
definition 3: to happen in a particular way (usually followed by "up").
If our project shapes up well, we will present it to the whole school.
synonyms:
develop, form
similar words:
crystallize, emerge
derivation: shaped (adj.)
Word History
Shape comes from an Old English word that means "to create, form, or destine."
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