1 noun
shape1 S2 W2

round/square etc

[uncountable and countable] the form that something has, for example round, square, triangular etc:
What shape is the table?
You can recognize a tree by the shape of its leaves.
round/square etc in shape
The dining room was square in shape.
His battered old hat had completely lost its shape.
in the shape of something
a silver pin in the shape of a large bird
The plants grow in every shape and size.
The children cut out shapes (=squares, triangles etc) from the piece of cardboard.
out of shape
The wheel had been bent out of shape.



in good/bad/poor etc shape

in good, bad etc condition, or in good, bad etc health:
For an old car, it's in pretty good shape.
The economy is in worse shape now than it was last year.
Kaplan seemed to be in better shape than either of us.

in shape/out of shape

in a good or bad state of health or physical fitness [↪ fit, unfit]:
I was feeling totally out of shape.
I've got to get into shape before summer.
keep/stay in shape
She's bought an exercise bike to keep in shape.

in no shape to do something

to be sick, tired, drunk etc, and not able to do something well:
Mel was in no shape to drive home after the party.

knock/lick/get somebody/something into shape

to make someone or something better so that they reach the necessary standard:
Some of them lack experience, but we'll soon knock them into shape.

character of something

[singular] the way something looks, works, or is organized
shape of
Computers have completely changed the shape of our industry.
This new technique is the shape of things to come (=an example of the way things will develop in the future).

take shape

to develop into a clear and definite form:
An idea was beginning to take shape in his mind.

in the shape of something

used to explain what something consists of:
Help came in the shape of a $10,000 loan from his parents.

not in any shape or form

also not in any way, shape, or form used to say that you will not accept something for any reason:
We will not tolerate racism in any shape or form.

thing not seen clearly

[countable] a thing or person that you cannot see clearly enough to recognize:
A dark shape moved behind them.
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