Synonyms of shape


1. shape, form, configuration, contour, conformation, spatial property, spatiality

usage: any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline); "he could barely make out their shapes"

2. shape, form, attribute

usage: the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance; "geometry is the mathematical science of shape"

3. human body, physical body, material body, soma, build, figure, physique, anatomy, shape, bod, chassis, frame, form, flesh, body, organic structure, physical structure

usage: alternative names for the body of a human being; "Leonardo studied the human body"; "he has a strong physique"; "the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak"

4. shape, embodiment, concretism, concrete representation

usage: a concrete representation of an otherwise nebulous concept; "a circle was the embodiment of his concept of life"

5. form, shape, cast, appearance, visual aspect

usage: the visual appearance of something or someone; "the delicate cast of his features"

6. condition, shape, good health, healthiness

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

7. Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, SHAPE, high command, supreme headquarters

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

8. form, shape, pattern, structure

usage: a perceptual structure; "the composition presents problems for students of musical form"; "a visual pattern must include not only objects but the spaces between them"


1. determine, shape, mold, influence, regulate, cause, do, make

usage: shape or influence; give direction to; "experience often determines ability"; "mold public opinion"

2. shape, form, work, mold, mould, forge, create from raw material, create from raw stuff

usage: make something, usually for a specific function; "She molded the rice balls carefully"; "Form cylinders from the dough"; "shape a figure"; "Work the metal into a sword"

3. shape, form, change, alter, modify

usage: give shape or form to; "shape the dough"; "form the young child's character"

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