shape

shape
[[t]ʃeɪp[/t]]
n. v. shaped, shap•ing
1) the quality of a distinct object or body in having an external surface or outline of specific form or figure
2) something seen in outline, as in silhouette:
A vague shape appeared through the mist[/ex]
3) an imaginary form; phantom
4) an assumed appearance; guise
5) organized form or orderly arrangement:
He could give no shape to his ideas[/ex]
6) condition or state of repair:
The old house was in bad shape[/ex]
7) the collective conditions forming a way of life or mode of existence:
What will the shape of the future be?[/ex]
8) the figure, physique, or body of a person, esp. of a woman
9) something used to give form, as a mold or a pattern
10) mel bui bui a flanged metal beam or bar of uniform section, as a channel or I-beam
11) to give definite form, organization, or character to
12) to couch or express in words
13) to adjust; adapt
14) to direct (one's course, future, etc.)
15) anb psl to teach (a behavior) by rewarding actions as they approximate the desired result
16) to come to a desired conclusion or take place in a specified way
17) phv shape up
a) to evolve or develop, esp. favorably
b) to improve one's behavior, performance, or physical condition
Etymology: bef. 900; (n.) ME; OE gesceapu (pl.), c. ON skap state, mood; (v.) ME, generalized from OE sceapen, ptp. of sceppan, scyppan, c. OHG scaphen, ON skepja, Go gaskapjan to create, make

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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