shape up

shape up
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [sheyp uhp]
    • /ʃeɪp ʌp/
    • /ʃeɪp ʌp/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [sheyp uhp]
    • /ʃeɪp ʌp/

Definitions of shape up words

  • noun shape up the quality of a distinct object or body in having an external surface or outline of specific form or figure. 1
  • noun shape up this quality as found in some individual object or body form: This lake has a peculiar shape. 1
  • noun shape up something seen in outline, as in silhouette: A vague shape appeared through the mist. 1
  • noun shape up an imaginary form; phantom. 1
  • noun shape up an assumed appearance; guise: an angel in the shape of a woman. 1
  • noun shape up a particular or definite organized form or expression: He could give no shape to his ideas. 1

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Origin of shape up

First appearance:

before 1940
One of the 7% newest English words
First recorded in 1940-45; noun use of verb phrase shape up

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Parts of speech for Shape up


shape up popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 48% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for shape up

verb shape up

  • accommodate — If a building or space can accommodate someone or something, it has enough room for them.
  • act one's age — anything done, being done, or to be done; deed; performance: a heroic act.
  • adapt — If you adapt to a new situation or adapt yourself to it, you change your ideas or behaviour in order to deal with it successfully.
  • arrange — If you arrange an event or meeting, you make plans for it to happen.
  • be good — do not misbehave

Antonyms for shape up

verb shape up

  • dishevel — to let down, as hair, or wear or let hang in loose disorder, as clothing.
  • mismatch — to match badly or unsuitably.

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