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Etymology 1

Old English sceap

Noun

Singular
shape

Plural
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  1. The status or condition of something
    The used bookshop wouldn't offer much due to the poor shape of the book.
  2. Condition of personal health, especially muscular health.
    The vet checked to see what kind of shape the animal was in.
    We exercise to keep in good physical shape.
  3. The appearance of something, especially its outline.
    He cut a square shape out of the cake.
  4. A figure with unspecified appearance; especially a geometric figure.
    What shape shall we use for the cookies? Stars, circles, or diamonds?
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Etymology 2

Old English scieppan

Verb

Infinitive
to shape

Third person singular
shapes

Simple past
shaped

Past participle
shaped or shapen

Present participle
shaping

to shape (third-person singular simple present shapes, present participle shaping, simple past shaped, past participle shaped or shapen)
  1. (transitive) To give something a shape and definition.
    • Shape the dough into a pretzel.
    • For my art project, I plan to shape my clay lump into a bowl.
    • 1932, The American Scholar, page 227, United Chapters of Phi Beta Kappa
      The professor never pretended to the academic prerogative of forcing his students into his own channels of reasoning; he entered into and helped shape the discussion but above all he made his men learn to think for themselves and rely upon their own intellectual judgments.
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