Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

shape

 - definitions and thesaurus
 
 
 
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
noun shape pronunciation in British English /ʃeɪp/
Word Forms
Close
singularshape
pluralshapes
  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. 2
    [countable] something that you cannot see well because it is far away or there is not enough light

    Ghostly shapes loomed out of the fog.

  3. 3
    [uncountable] the condition of something, especially in relation to its ability to be effective or successful

    The economy is in bad shape.

    1. a.
      how healthy or fit someone is

      He’s in a lot better shape since he’s changed his diet.

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

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

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

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

phrases

SOLE

… a teaching method in which groups of children learn independently using a computer linked to the internet

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

bankster

a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog