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metamorphose

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verb, meta·mor·phose \-ˌfōz, -ˌfōs\

Simple Definition of metamorphose

  • : to change in an important and obvious way into something that is very different : to undergo metamorphosis

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of metamorphose

metamorphosedmetamorphosing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to change into a different physical form especially by supernatural means b :  to change strikingly the appearance or character of :  transform

  3. 2 :  to cause (rock) to undergo metamorphism

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to undergo metamorphosis

  6. 2 :  to become transformed

Examples of metamorphose in a sentence

  1. <a science fiction story in which radiation metamorphoses people into giant bugs>



Origin of metamorphose

probably from Middle French metamorphoser, from metamorphose metamorphosis, from Latin metamorphosis


First Known Use: 1576

Synonym Discussion of metamorphose

transform, metamorphose, transmute, convert, transmogrify, transfigure mean to change a thing into a different thing. transform implies a major change in form, nature, or function <transformed a small company into a corporate giant>. metamorphose suggests an abrupt or startling change induced by or as if by magic or a supernatural power <awkward girls metamorphosed into graceful ballerinas>. transmute implies transforming into a higher element or thing <attempted to transmute lead into gold>. convert implies a change fitting something for a new or different use or function <converted the study into a nursery>. transmogrify suggests a strange or preposterous metamorphosis <a story in which a frog is transmogrified into a prince>. transfigure implies a change that exalts or glorifies <joy transfigured her face>.

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Medical Dictionary

metamorphose

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intransitive verb meta·mor·phose \-ˌfōz, -ˌfōs\

Medical Definition of metamorphose

metamorphosed; metamorphosing

  1. :  to undergo metamorphosis





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