(noun, verb)


1. any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline)

- he could barely make out their shapes

Similar word(s): configuration, conformation, contour, form

Definition categories: attribute, spatiality

2. the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance

- geometry is the mathematical science of shape

Similar word(s): form

Definition categories: general, attribute

3. alternative names for the body of a human being

Similar word(s): anatomy, bod, build, chassis, figure, flesh, form, frame, physique, soma

Definition categories: body

4. a concrete representation of an otherwise nebulous concept

Similar word(s): embodiment

Definition categories: thought, concretism

5. the visual appearance of something or someone

Similar word(s): cast, form

Definition categories: attribute, appearance

6. the state of (good) health (especially in the phrases `in condition' or `in shape' or `out of condition' or `out of shape')

Similar word(s): condition

Definition categories: state, healthiness

7. the supreme headquarters that advises NATO on military matters and oversees all aspects of the Allied Command Europe

Definition categories: group

8. a perceptual structure

Similar word(s): form, pattern

Definition categories: thought, structure

Sentences with shape as a noun:

- The used bookshop wouldn't offer much due to the poor shape of the book.

- The vet checked to see what kind of shape the animal was in.

- We exercise to keep in good physical shape.

- He cut a square shape out of the cake.

- What shape shall we use for the cookies? Stars, circles, or diamonds?


1. shape or influence; give direction to

Similar word(s): determine, influence, mold, regulate

Definition categories: cognition, cause, do, make

2. make something, usually for a specific function

- shape a figure

Similar word(s): forge, form, mold, mould, work

Definition categories: creation

3. give shape or form to

- shape the dough

Similar word(s): form

Definition categories: change, alter, modify

Sentences with shape as a verb:

- Shape the dough into a pretzel.