Definition of shape verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    shape

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ʃeɪp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃeɪp//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they shape
    BrE BrE//ʃeɪp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃeɪp//
     
    he / she / it shapes
    BrE BrE//ʃeɪps//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃeɪps//
     
    past simple shaped
    BrE BrE//ʃeɪpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃeɪpt//
     
    past participle shaped
    BrE BrE//ʃeɪpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃeɪpt//
     
    -ing form shaping
    BrE BrE//ˈʃeɪpɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃeɪpɪŋ//
     
    Materials and properties
     
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  1. 1  [transitive] to make something into a particular shape shape A into B Shape the dough into a ball. shape something This tool is used for shaping wood. See related entries: Materials and properties
  2. 2  [transitive] shape somebody/something to have an important influence on the way that somebody/something develops His ideas had been shaped by his experiences during the war. She had a leading role in shaping party policy.
  3. 3[intransitive] shape to do something to prepare to do something, especially hit or kick something She was shaping to hit her second shot.
  4. Word Origin Old English gesceap ‘external form’, also ‘creation’, sceppan ‘create’, of Germanic origin.Extra examples Economists had a direct hand in shaping government policy. He was responsible for shaping my career. Memory can be profoundly shaped by subsequent experience. Money played a major role in shaping his decision. The dough is shaped into balls and fried. The fictional Capone has continued to shape America’s vision of the 1920s. The media had great influence in shaping public opinion. Work was an important factor in shaping their children’s attitudes. a crudely carved python shaped in a spiral actively shaping the history of their country Historical events helped to shape the town. Religion had long been losing its power to shape and control behaviour. Shape the dough into balls. She had a leading role in shaping party policyIdioms (North American English, informal) used to tell somebody that if they do not improve, work harder, etc. they will have to leave their job, position, etc. He finally faced up to his drug problem when his band told him to shape up or ship out. Phrasal Verbsshape up
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