Shape - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ʃeɪp|  American pronunciation of the word shape
Brit.  |ʃeɪp|  British pronunciation of the word shape
- any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline) (syn: configuration, conformation, contour, form)
- the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance (syn: form)
- alternative names for the body of a human being (syn: anatomy, build, chassis, figure, flesh, form, frame, physique)
- a concrete representation of an otherwise nebulous concept (syn: embodiment)
- the visual appearance of something or someone (syn: cast, form)
- the state of (good) health (especially in the phrases `in condition' or `in shape' or `out of condition' or `out of shape') (syn: condition)
- the supreme headquarters that advises NATO on military matters and oversees all aspects of the Allied Command Europe
- a perceptual structure (syn: form, pattern)
- shape or influence; give direction to (syn: determine, influence, mold, regulate)
- make something, usually for a specific function (syn: forge, form, mold, mould, work)
- give shape or form to (syn: form)


The artist shaped the stone with a hammer and chisel.

Schools shape the minds of future leaders.

Ads help shape public opinion.

circles, squares, triangles, and other geometric shapes

The cake has a rectangular shape.

The pieces came in many different sizes and shapes.

The pieces were sorted by size and shape.

The cloud kept changing shape.

The cake was rectangular in shape.

I need to start exercising and get back in shape.

I'm out of shape because I haven't been exercising.

The players were in poor condition, but the coach quickly whipped them into shape.

She stays in shape by exercising daily and eating well.

Our plans are beginning to take shape.

The children enjoyed shaping the snow into figures of people and animals.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: shape
he/she/it: shapes
present participle: shaping
past tense: shaped
past participle: shaped
singular: shape
plural: shapes
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