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verb [transitive] shape pronunciation in British English /ʃeɪp/
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present tense
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 Government policy.

    We have all been shaped by our past experiences.

  2. 2
    to form something into a particular shape
    shape something into something:

    Shape the mixture into cubes.

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