I. verb (shaped; shaping) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English sceapen, gescapen, past participle of scieppan; akin to Old High German skepfen to shape Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. form, create; especially to give a particular form or shape to 2. obsolete ordain, decree 3. to adapt in shape so as to fit neatly and closely <
a dress shaped to her figure
4. a. devise, plan <
shape a policy
b. to embody in definite form <
shaping a folktale into an epic
5. a. to make fit for (as a particular use or purpose) ; adapt <
shape the questions to fit the answers
b. to determine or direct the course or character of <
events that shaped history
c. to modify (behavior) by rewarding changes that tend toward a desired response intransitive verb 1. to come to pass ; happen <
it's shaping up that I am known now for my husbands — Leslie Marmon Silko
2. to take on or approach a mature or definite form — often used with up <
the summer is shaping up to be one of the hottest on record
shaper noun II. noun Date: before 12th century 1. a. the visible makeup characteristic of a particular item or kind of item <
a cake in the shape of a Christmas tree
b. (1) spatial form or contour <
the clouds kept changing shape
(2) a standard or universally recognized spatial form <
a stain in the shape of a perfect circle
2. the appearance of the body as distinguished from that of the face ; figure 3. a. phantom, apparition <
eerie shapes floating in the mist
b. assumed appearance ; guise <
a trick-or-treater in the shape of a pumpkin
4. form of embodiment <
our plans are taking shape
5. a mode of existence or form of being having identifying features 6. a molded dessert; especially blancmange 7. the condition in which someone or something exists at a particular time <
the car was in fine shape
shaped adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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