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English definition of “shape”

shape

noun (FORM)    /ʃeɪp/
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
(Definition of shape noun (FORM) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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