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

Definition of reshape

transitive verb

: to give a new form or orientation to : reorganize

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reshaper noun

Examples of reshape in a Sentence

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web In order to prepare for their new roles in Macdonald’s defense, several of the defensive linemen had to reshape their bodies during the offseason. Michael Cohen, Detroit Free Press, 4 Sep. 2021 Black Film Archive is meant to evolve, to reshape to fit the needs of Black folks. Robert Daniels, Vulture, 2 Sep. 2021 That said, digital transformation initiatives are powerful and can reshape the business and IT of enterprises to create immense value for all stakeholders. Shankar Kambhampaty, Forbes, 2 Sep. 2021 The legislation would allow developers to bypass the tech giants’ proprietary payment systems, and could help reshape how Silicon Valley collects fees and exerts power over developers and users. Washington Post, 31 Aug. 2021 The outcry in Sacramento has been perhaps disproportionate to the potential for SB9 to fix California’s housing crisis — or even to radically reshape communities. Alexei Koseff, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 Aug. 2021 The question now is whether Biden can recover from his missteps in Afghanistan with enough credibility to reshape U.S. policy overseas. Los Angeles Times, 29 Aug. 2021 Much has already been made of her lawsuit's potential to change the landscape of Hollywood and stars' compensation for the foreseeable future, as the major studios reshape their business around streaming. Tyler Aquilina,, 27 Aug. 2021 OpenAI believes that this kind of AI research will reshape the global economy. Billy Perrigo, Time, 23 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of reshape

1827, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of reshape was in 1827

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“Reshape.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of reshape

: to give a new form or shape to (something)

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