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 for To take shape
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Shape \Shape\, n. [OE. shap, schap, AS. sceap in gesceap
     creation, creature, fr. the root of scieppan, scyppan,
     sceppan, to shape, to do, to effect; akin to OS. giskeppian,
     OFries. skeppa, D. scheppen, G. schaffen, OHG. scaffan,
     scepfen, skeffen, Icer. skapa, skepja, Dan. skabe, skaffe,
     Sw. skapa, skaffa, Goth. gaskapjan, and perhaps to E. shave,
     v. Cf. -ship.]
     1. Character or construction of a thing as determining its
        external appearance; outward aspect; make; figure; form;
        guise; as, the shape of a tree; the shape of the head; an
        elegant shape.
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              He beat me grievously, in the shape of a woman.
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     2. That which has form or figure; a figure; an appearance; a
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              Before the gates three sat,
              On either side, a formidable shape.   --Milton.
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     3. A model; a pattern; a mold.
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     4. Form of embodiment, as in words; form, as of thought or
        conception; concrete embodiment or example, as of some
        quality. --Milton.
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     5. Dress for disguise; guise. [Obs.]
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              Look better on this virgin, and consider
              This Persian shape laid by, and she appearing
              In a Greekish dress.                  --Messinger.
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     6. (Iron Manuf.)
        (a) A rolled or hammered piece, as a bar, beam, angle
            iron, etc., having a cross section different from
            merchant bar.
        (b) A piece which has been roughly forged nearly to the
            form it will receive when completely forged or fitted.
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     To take shape, to assume a definite form.

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