reshape

verb

re·​shape (ˌ)rē-ˈshāp How to pronounce reshape (audio)
reshaped; reshaping; reshapes

transitive verb

: to give a new form or orientation to : reorganize
reshaper noun

Example Sentences

The body of the car was reshaped to allow for more cargo space. These changes will reshape the future. He reshaped the plot of his story.
Recent Examples on the Web But midterm elections do uncover changes in the electorate that reshape the terrain of political competition. William A. Galston, WSJ, 22 Nov. 2022 That’s the kind of trauma that doesn’t go away, especially in a world that’s secluded from others, impervious to other opinions and perspectives that could reshape minds and help people heal. Chris Smith, BGR, 13 Nov. 2022 Eleven days before a midterm that could reshape who holds power in Congress, many felt there was too much to lose. Joe Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Oct. 2022 Federal officials have spent months negotiating a national security agreement that could reshape how the company operates in the U.S. Elizabeth Dwoskin, Washington Post, 28 Oct. 2022 Aurora James didn’t set out to launch a movement that would reshape an industry in May 2020. Brad Ogbonna, Glamour, 25 Oct. 2022 At the same time, Trump and his supporters have openly talked about him launching a 2024 presidential campaign, a move that would instantly reshape the political landscape. Perry Stein And Devlin Barrett, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Oct. 2022 At the same time, Trump and his supporters have openly talked about him launching a 2024 presidential campaign, a move that would instantly reshape the political landscape. Perry Stein, BostonGlobe.com, 22 Oct. 2022 And on the ballot is Measure ULA, an ambitious and sweeping effort that could reshape the city’s approach to housing and homelessness by funding housing and supportive services for years. Nicholas Slayton, The New Republic, 11 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1827, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of reshape was in 1827

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“Reshape.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reshape. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

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reshape

verb

re·​shape (ˈ)rē-ˈshāp How to pronounce reshape (audio)
: to give a new form to
reshaper noun

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