take shapeidiomatic 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
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