Definition of take shape in English:

take shape

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  • Assume a distinct form; develop into something definite or tangible.

    ‘the past few months have seen the state's health insurance legislation begin to take shape’
    • ‘The party, now in its 12th year, helped residents build a sense of community back when the development was just taking shape.’
    • ‘Here's a look at some of the other developments taking shape around town.’
    • ‘The question that remains, however, is what alternative narrative takes shape where the developmental trajectory of the narrative of self-making leaves off.’
    • ‘Alongside the secular model of marriage, an ecclesiastical model is beginning to take shape and definition.’
    • ‘While compositions on their previous effort had time to develop and take shape, here they are set to impact at once.’
    • ‘Globally, ambitious efforts to develop wind power are beginning to take shape.’
    • ‘A reversal of that conventional wisdom began taking shape in the early nineties, following the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska's Prince William Sound.’
    • ‘The outlines of another strategy also began to take shape.’
    • ‘Elation replaced doubt when the schemes began to take shape.’
    • ‘As we closed in on the far shore, a small town began to take shape.’
    become clear, become definite, become tangible, crystallize, gel, come together, fall into place
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