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Of an idea, plan, concept, argument, etc., to become or begin to be clear, discernible, organized, or understandable. After working on the outline for a couple of hours, the plan for my midterm paper finally started taking shape. Don't worry too much about minor details for your characters or plot until the main story really takes shape.
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[for something, such as plans, writing, ideas, arguments, etc.] to begin to be organized and specific. My plans are beginning to take shape. As my manuscript took shape, I started showing it to publishers.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Also, shape up. Turn out, develop, acquire a distinctive form, as in Her reelection campaign is already taking shape, two years before the election, or Can you tell us how the book is shaping up? The first term dates from the mid-1700s and the variant, originally put as shape out, from about 1600.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
take ˈshapedevelop to a point where you can see what something will finally be like: After months of discussion, a peace agreement is gradually taking shape. ♢ An idea for a new book started to take shape in his mind.
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To take on a distinctive form.
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