re·​shape | \(ˌ)rē-ˈshāp \
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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Downtown, a $57 million, state-of-the art school of data science will soon open, one of a score of pivotal developments reshaping the city’s core. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "San Antonio, the nation’s fastest-growing city, sees downtown rebound," 23 Oct. 2018 The #MeToo movement shook everything, ending careers and reshaping entire industries that had long been refuges for abusers and exploiters. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "TIME’S UP Calls to Postpone Brett Kavanaugh’s Nomination," 17 Sep. 2018 Drivers would pull into a docking station and have the treads reshaped according to road conditions. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "Our Waste Tire Problem Is Getting Worse," 14 Aug. 2018 Now, this is a sure way over time to remake and reshape America. Fox News, "Jay Sekulow: Mueller investigation needs to end 'very soon'," 9 Aug. 2018 Were any of your ideas about him reshaped by the experience of making the book? Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Inside Marc Jacobs: Unseen, a Book of Backstage Photography by Robert Fairer, Who Shot the Designer’s Earliest Shows," 12 Sep. 2018 In 2006, Harvard University scientists figured out that adding tiny colloidal particles to the mix created a kind of coating or armor, producing much more stable bubbles that could be reshaped and molded at will. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "There’s now an even more precise “recipe” for blowing the perfect bubble," 2 Sep. 2018 If there’s any doubt that the Republican Party has been reshaped in President Trump’s image, just look at the impeccable record that his endorsed candidates have achieved in primaries this year. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "No, free market conservatives are not becoming Dems," 31 July 2018 Recent history certainly suggests that the global game has been reshaped by the money and power flowing to a narrowing number of leagues and clubs. Brian Straus,, "The Factors and Figures Behind Europe's World Cup Dominance Trend," 8 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of reshape

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

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