take shape


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Encyclopedia.

take shape

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.
See also: shape, take

take shape

[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.
See also: shape, take

take shape

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.
See also: shape, take

take ˈshape

develop 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.
See also: shape, take

take shape

To take on a distinctive form.
See also: shape, take