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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His discovery in 1974 reshaped the saga of the Australian continent and our entire view of prehistoric world migration. David Maurice Smith, Smithsonian, "A 42,000-Year-Old Man Finally Goes Home," 23 Aug. 2019 Charles and David turned the family name into a kind of shorthand for wealthy conservatives whose money has reshaped the cultural landscape. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "This is the Koch Brothers empire," 23 Aug. 2019 Bank trading divisions have been totally reshaped since the Volcker rule was passed as part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, the changes spurred by the new rules as well as technological advancements and a multiyear revenue slump. Los Angeles Times, "Volcker rule finally gets revised, but Wall Street is different now," 20 Aug. 2019 Such a move would reshape the political and social topography of any state that tries it. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Trump’s Quiet Attack on Redistricting," 19 Aug. 2019 The rule, which could reshape the face of legal immigration to the U.S., is one of the highest-profile changes to the immigration system undertaken by the administration of President Donald Trump. Yeganeh Torbati, ProPublica, "“No Comment”: Emails Show the VA Took No Action to Spare Veterans From a Harsh Trump Immigration Policy," 19 Aug. 2019 The Blazers, who reached the Western Conference finals for the first time in 19 years, reshaped their roster dramatically from last season and will welcome three new starters to the lineup., "Preseason projections once again not favorable for the Portland Trail Blazers," 16 Aug. 2019 Piracy, streaming and social media have reshaped the industry, allowing rising stars to find fans without the help of industry support. Andrew R. Chow, Time, "'It Feels Like I’m Chosen to Do This.' Inside the Record-Breaking Rise of Lil Nas X," 15 Aug. 2019 Density waves, caused by the motion of shepherd moons within the rings, jostle and reshape the rings. Vahe Peroomian, The Conversation, "A brief astronomical history of Saturn’s amazing rings," 14 Aug. 2019

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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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readily or continually undergoing change

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