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shape

noun uk   /ʃeɪp/ us  

shape noun (FORM)

B1 [C or U] the particular physical form or appearance of something: Clay can be moulded into almost any shape. These bricks are all different shapes. Kim's birthday cake was in the shape of a train. Our table is oval in shape. My bicycle wheel has got bent out of shape. This T-shirt has been washed so many times that it's lost its shape (= has become loose and lost its form).Patterns and shapes B1 [C] an arrangement that is formed by joining lines together in a particular way or by the line or lines around its outer edge: a round/square/circular/oblong shape A triangle is a shape with three sides. The children made patterns by sticking coloured shapes onto paper.Geometrical shapesSpherical, circular and annular objects [C] the physical form or appearance of a particular person or thing: In the story, Faust is tempted by the Devil, who has taken the shape of a man. Life on Earth takes many shapes.Conditions and characteristics [C] a person or object that you cannot see clearly because it is too dark, or because the person or object is too far away: I could see a dark shape in the street outside.Objects - general words all shapes and sizes C2 many different types: We sell all shapes and sizes of teddy bear. Cars come in all shapes and sizes.Variety and mixturesMixing and mixturesGroups and collections of things in any shape or form of any type: I'm opposed to war in any shape or form.Variety and mixturesMixing and mixturesGroups and collections of things

shape noun (CHARACTER)

[U] the way something is organized, or its general character or nature: Technological developments have changed the shape of industry. We need to change the whole shape of our campaign.Conditions and characteristics

shape noun (CONDITION)

B2 [U] condition, or state of health: He bought up businesses that were in bad/poor shape, and then sold them off bit by bit. "How are you?" "Oh, I'm in great shape." You're in no shape (= not in a good enough state of health) to go to work today.Health in general B2 [U] good physical condition: It's taken us five years to get our house into shape. She runs six miles every day to help keep herself in shape. I haven't had any exercise for weeks, and I'm really out of shape (= not in good physical condition).Conditions and characteristics

shape

verb [T] uk   /ʃeɪp/ us  

shape verb [T] (CHARACTER)

C2 to decide or influence the form of something, especially a belief or idea, or someone's character: Many people are not able to shape their own destinies. My relationship with my father played a major part in shaping my attitude towards men. He was very influential in shaping the government's economic policy/strategy.Affecting and influencing

shape verb [T] (FORM)

to make something become a particular shape: The skirt has been shaped so that it hangs loosely. When you've made the dough, shape it into two loaves.Patterns and shapes formal to make an object from a physical substance: Early humans shaped tools out of stone.Creating and producingInventing, designing and innovation
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of shape from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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