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noun British English pronunciation: shape /ʃeɪp/ 
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] the outer form of something

    The room forms an L-shape.

    Trace the shape onto the card and cut it out.

    all shapes and sizes:

    There were balloons of all shapes and sizes in the sky.

    in the shape of:

    a flowerbed in the shape of a cross

    1. a.
      the usual or original outer form of something

      Her curls lost their shape and became frizzy.

      The front wheel of my bike is bent out of shape.

  2. 4
    [uncountable] the features or qualities of something

    It's part of a plan to change the shape of local government.

  3. 5
    [countable/uncountable] the correct order, arrangement, or structure of something

    Marie tried to find the right words to give shape to her ideas.

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