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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Bigger worlds like Neptune or Uranus ultimately form internal engines, where materials deep inside the objects reshape under the forces of pressure and heat over millions of years. Loren Grush, The Verge, "On New Year’s Day, a spacecraft will zoom by the most distant object humanity has ever visited," 27 Dec. 2018 In just three years, the academy has grown by more than 25%, dramatically reshaping the 90-year-old organization, though not without generating controversy among some within its ranks. Josh Rottenberg,, "Motion picture academy’s record-breaking 928 new members a sign of the changing times," 26 June 2018 But new pressures seem to be reshaping the hacker community’s attitudes toward privacy and anonymity. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Is the podcast bubble bursting?," 24 Sep. 2018 The wounding of a leading Brazilian presidential candidate has the potential to reshape the election contest after dramatically exposing the deep polarization in Latin America's largest nation. Fox News, "Stabbing of a leading Brazilian candidate could reshape race," 7 Sep. 2018 Image The federal government on Thursday mounted a new effort to unravel AT&T’s deal with Time Warner, a blockbuster merger that has already started to reshape the media industry. New York Times, "AT&T-Time Warner Deal Approval Gets Justice Department Challenge," 12 July 2018 Like Ward did between his freshman and sophomore seasons, Tillman continues to reshape his body. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Can Michigan State's Xavier Tillman, Nick Ward stay on floor together?," 12 July 2018 Guendouzi could take Arsenal's summer spending over the £70m mark as Emery continues to reshape the squad that finished 6th in the Premier League last season, resulting in the departure of long-serving manager Arsene Wenger., "VIDEO: Leaked Clip Appears to Confirm French Teenager as Arsenal's Fifth Summer Signing," 11 July 2018 Instead, Trump’s SCOTUS search mirrored the his broader scheme to reshape the American judiciary in a whiter shade of pale. Will Bunch,, "The unbearable whiteness of being Trump's judicial picks | Will Bunch," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of reshape

1827, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of reshape

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

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