- to develop to a definite form, condition, etc.
- to develop satisfactorily or favorably
- to begin to have definite form, condition, etc.
Other Word Forms of 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").
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").
Middle English from Old English gesceap a creation
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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