take form

idiomatic phrase

: to assume a definite or distinctive form : take shape
By the end of the day, the computer gave him billions of possible amino-acid combinations and recommended the best one. … About a minute later, he noticed that the protein was taking form.Michael Elliott
But in Silicon Valley one finds innovative ideas taking form not merely in such things as product design or manufacturing process, but also in employee relations.Edward K. Yasaki
When they got to the top, Esperanza looked out over the valley. … Below, she could see the white roofs of the cabins in straight rows, the fields beginning to take formPam Muñoz Ryan

Examples of take form in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The liberal surge of the Obama years invites a conservative response, and a multiethnic, socially tolerant conservatism is waiting to take form. David Frum, Foreign Affairs, 18 Aug. 2014 With the idea of the cookbook taking form, the two learned how to trust each other in the kitchen. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, 5 June 2024 If initial plans take form, the property’s size could swell from roughly 322,000 square feet to about 500,000 square feet. Jaime Moore-Carrillo, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 5 Apr. 2024 Often rooted in flawed research, this has taken form in phrenology, justifications for slavery, and eugenics, all of which with devastating consequences. Thiago Arzua, STAT, 15 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for take form 

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Word History

First Known Use

1647, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of take form was in 1647

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“Take form.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20form. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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