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English definition of “shape”

shape

verb [T] (CHARACTER)    /ʃeɪp/
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
(Definition of shape verb (CHARACTER) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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