shape up

verb

Definition of shape up

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to improve to a good or acceptable condition or standard of behavior <shaping up at the gym>

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to bring to a good or acceptable condition or standard of behavior

Examples of shape up in a sentence

  1. <angrily told his son that if he didn't shape up, he'd be grounded for a month>

  2. <this group of summer interns is shaping up to be one of the best we've ever hired>

Circa 1920

First Known Use of shape up

circa 1920



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