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shape

[ sheyp ]SEE DEFINITION OF shape
  • nounform, structure
  • nouncondition, health
  • verbform, create
  • verbdevise, plan

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Antonyms for shape

  • difference
  • reality
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SHAPE

I'm sportively pretending that I can press it back into shape.

And six weeks after that I had things in shape so't I was able to leave.

But death will I choose, in any shape, rather than that man.

Let us shape the hope of this day into the noblest chapter in our history.

But what if the thoughts themselves be of a kind hard to put into shape?

It will keep its shape when held in the fingers for some time.

Mix the cream and salt with the cheese and shape into balls.

The shape of the loaf must also be taken into consideration.

"She must have had ready another stone of shape and size like it," said the Corn Woman.

One can't always tell how a colt will shape, can they, Mike?

WORD ORIGIN

Old English scapan, past participle of scieppan "to create, form, destine" (past tense scop), from Proto-Germanic *skapjanan "create, ordain" (cf. Old Norse skapa, Danish skabe, Old Saxon scapan, Old Frisian skeppa, Middle Dutch schappen "do, treat," Old High German scaffan, German schaffen "shape, create, produce"), from PIE root *(s)kep- a base forming words meaning "to cut, scrape, hack" (see scabies), which acquired broad technical senses and in Germanic a specific sense of "to create."

Old English scieppan survived into Middle English as shippen, but shape emerged as a regular verb (with past tense shaped) by 1500s. The old past participle form shapen survives in misshapen. Middle English shepster (late 14c.) "dressmaker, female cutter-out," is literally "shape-ster," from Old English scieppan.

Meaning "to form in the mind" is from late 14c. Phrase Shape up (v.) is literally "to give form to by stiff or solid material;" attested from 1865 as "progress;" from 1938 as "reform;" shape up or ship out is attested from 1956, originally U.S. military slang, with the sense being "do right or get shipped up to active duty."

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR SHAPE

acclimatize

verbadapt
  • acclimate
  • accommodate
  • adjust
  • conform
  • fit
  • reconcile
  • shape
  • tailor

anatomy

nounphysical structure of animals, plants
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