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verb [transitive] shape pronunciation in American English /ʃeɪp/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyshape
he/she/itshapes
present participleshaping
past tenseshaped
past participleshaped
  1. 1
    to influence the way that a person, idea, or situation develops
    His generation firmly believed they could shape the future.
    Research findings are often used to shape social policy.
    We have all been shaped by our past experiences.
  2. 2
    to form something into a particular shape
    The blacksmith shapes farm tools on his anvil.
    shape something into something: Shape the mixture into cubes.

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