Basic+ Word of the Day: shape

shape (noun, verb) past tense: shaped LISTEN

Geometric shapes

A shape is the outline of an object.

  • Italy has the shape of a boot.
  • Fred saw the shape of a woman coming toward him in the fog.
  • The garden is in the shape of a triangle.

Shape is also the condition or state of repair of someone or something.

  • The house was in bad shape when Andrew moved in.
  • Carol is in such good shape that she can run a marathon.

Shape also means ‘to give definite form to.’

  • The chef shaped the ground beef mixture into meatballs.
  • A good teacher can shape children's minds by teaching them to think for themselves.

Did you know?

Do you like sci-fi (science fiction)? Then you may like the book by H. G. Wells, The Shape of Things to Come. Published in 1933, the book is about events, as Wells imagined them, from 1933 to 2106. He predicted that science would replace religions, that there would be world peace when nations come together, and everyone would speak English. Would you like to live in a world like that?

In pop culture

The Shape of Water is a dreamy movie about a woman and the sea creature that becomes her friend. Watch the trailer.

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