take shape

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take shape (third-person singular simple present takes shape, present participle taking shape, simple past took shape, past participle taken shape)

  1. (intransitive, often figuratively) To take a definite form.
    After two hours of discussion, our plans began to take shape.
    • 1960 March, J. P. Wilson & E. N. C. Haywood, “The route through the Peak - Derby to Manchester: Part One”, in Trains Illustrated, page 148:
      It was the section of the North Midland Railway from Derby to Ambergate which provided the springboard for a scheme that took shape in the early part of 1845 for a route through the Peak to Manchester.