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shape

shape

 
pronunciation:
sheIp
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
phrases:
take shape
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the outward appearance of something as characterized by its outline; form.
 
synonyms:
contour, figure, form
similar words:
layout, mold, outline
definition 2: organized arrangement; order.
The project failed because it had no shape.
synonyms:
order, organization, structure
similar words:
condition, pattern, trim
definition 3: physical condition.
an athlete in top shape
synonyms:
condition, trim
similar words:
form, repair
definition 4: the form of one's body; figure.
synonyms:
figure, form
definition 5: assumed form or appearance; guise.
a spirit in the shape of a wolf
synonyms:
form, guise, seeming
definition 6: the combination of circumstances that defines a particular way of living, culture, or period.
the unique shape of primitive societythe shape of things to come
phrase: take shape
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: shaped, shapes, shaping
definition 1: to give a certain form or shape to; mold.
 
synonyms:
fashion, model, mold
similar words:
beat, cast, craft, create, form, frame, pattern, style
definition 2: to express verbally.
He shaped his argument carefully.
synonyms:
express, speak, verbalize
similar words:
craft, design, fashion, frame, present
definition 3: to give a direction or character to.
He is shaping his life after that of his grandfather.
synonyms:
forge, model, mold
similar words:
carve, design, develop, direct, fashion, form, order, organize, plan, tailor
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to happen in a particular way (usu. fol. by up).
If our work shapes up well, we will take a vacation.
synonyms:
develop, form
similar words:
crystallize, emerge, materialize
derivation: shaped (adj.)
Word History
Shape comes from an Old English word that means "to create, form, or destine."
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