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English definition of “shape”

shape

noun
 
 
/ʃeɪp/
B1 [C, U] the physical form of something made by the line around its outer edge: a circular/rectangular shape You can recognize trees by the shape of their leaves. Very few people are really happy with their body shape.Patterns and shapesGeometrical shapesSpherical, circular and annular objectsConditions and characteristics
in good/bad/great, etc shape B2 in good/bad, etc health or condition: She runs every day so she's in pretty good shape.Fit and healthyNot fit and healthyThin or slender (of people)
out of shape not healthy or physically strongNot fit and healthyThin or slender (of people)
keep in shape to stay healthy and physically strongFit and healthy
take shape to start to develop and become more clear or certain: The project is slowly beginning to take shape.Conditions and characteristics
(Definition of shape noun from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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