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shape

noun  /ʃeɪp/ us  

shape noun (APPEARANCE)

[C/U] the particular way something looks as a whole: [U] Our table is oval in shape. [C] The birthday cake for Luis was in the shape of a heart. [U] These old sweatpants are all stretched out of shape (= changed from their original form). art [C/U] A shape is also an arrangement that is formed by joining lines together in a particular way: [C] A triangle is a shape with three sides. [C/U] A shape is also a person or object that you cannot see clearly because it is too dark, or because the person or object is too far away.

shape noun (CONDITION)

[U] (of a thing) condition, or (of a person) state of health: The city’s finances are in bad shape. I keep myself in good shape by running five miles a day. [U] Shape can also mean good physical condition: He’s in/out of shape (= in good/not in good condition). I try to stay in shape.

shape noun (FORM)

[U] the way something is organized; the general character or nature of something: The governor’s new program is finally beginning to take shape (= become better organized).

shape

verb [T]  /ʃeɪp/ us  

shape verb [T] (FORM)

to cause something to have a particular character or nature; form: We’re worried that they will try to shape the issue in a way that doesn't reflect what’s really going on. He had a major influence in shaping the government’s economic policies.

shape verb [T] (APPEARANCE)

to make something look a particular way: Shape the dough into balls.
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Translations of “shape”
in Korean 모양, 형태…
in Arabic شَكْل…
in French forme, forme indistincte…
in Turkish şekil, biçim…
in Italian forma, taglio…
in Chinese (Traditional) 形狀, 形狀,形態,外形, 圖形…
in Russian форма, очертание…
in Polish kształt…
in Spanish forma, figura, bulto…
in Portuguese forma, formato…
in German die Form, die Gestalt, die Verfassung…
in Catalan forma…
in Japanese 形…
in Chinese (Simplified) 形状, 形状,形态,外形, 图形…
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