take shape

idiomatic phrase

Definition of take shape

: to assume a definite or distinctive form : to develop and become apparent or established The plan is finally taking shape. Edison's tireless work habits took shape during his childhood …— Paul Gray The proto-planetary fragments crashed together, coalesced by gravity, and crashed again into other fragments, until they gradually took shape as the planets we know today.— M. Mitchell Waldrop … the first half of the century, before the modern medical system took shape.— Geoffrey Cowley

First Known Use of take shape

1560, in the meaning defined above

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“Take shape.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20shape. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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