Shape Definition

shāp
shaped, shapes, shaping
noun
shapes
That quality of a thing which depends on the relative position of all points composing its outline or external surface; physical or spatial form.
Webster's New World
The form characteristic of a particular person or thing, or class of things.
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Spatial form, contour, or appearance.
The sandy coastline is always changing shape.
American Heritage
The body or outward appearance of a person or an animal.
Saw two shapes walking toward her in the night.
American Heritage
The contour of the body, exclusive of the face; figure.
Webster's New World
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verb
shaped, shapes, shaping
To give definite shape to; make, as by cutting or molding material.
Webster's New World
To create or fashion, as:
American Heritage
To become suited; conform.
Webster's New World
To cause to conform to a particular form.
A pool that is shaped like an hourglass; a bone that is shaped to bear weight.
American Heritage
To happen.
Webster's New World
Antonyms:
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abbreviation
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other
See also shape.
Wiktionary
idiom
shape up
  • to develop to a definite form, condition, etc.
  • to develop satisfactorily or favorably
Webster's New World
take shape
  • to begin to have definite form, condition, etc.
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Shape

Noun

Singular:
shape
Plural:
shapes

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Shape

Origin of Shape

  • From Middle English shap, schape, from Old English Ä¡esceap (“shape, form, created being, creature, creation, dispensation, fate, condition, sex, gender, genitalia"), from Proto-Germanic *ga- + *skapÄ… (“shape, nature, condition"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kep- (“to split, cut"). Cognate with Middle Dutch schap (“form"), Middle High German geschaf (“creature"), Icelandic skap (“state, condition, temper, mood").

    From Wiktionary

  • The verb is from Middle English shapen, schapen, from Old English scieppan (“to shape, form, make, create, assign, arrange, destine, order, adjudge"), from Proto-Germanic *skapjanÄ… (“to create"), from the noun. Cognate with Dutch scheppen, German schaffen, Swedish skapa (“to create, make").

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old English gesceap a creation

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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