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noun shape pronunciation in American English /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. 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 features or qualities of something
    It’s part of a plan to change the shape of local government.
  4. 4
    [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.
  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.


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