verb trans·form \tran(t)s-ˈfrm\

: to change (something) completely and usually in a good way

Full Definition of TRANSFORM

transitive verb
a :  to change in composition or structure
b :  to change the outward form or appearance of
c :  to change in character or condition :  convert
:  to subject to mathematical transformation
:  to cause (a cell) to undergo genetic transformation
intransitive verb
:  to become transformed :  change
trans·form·able \-ˈfr-mə-bəl\ adjective
trans·for·ma·tive \-ˈfr-mə-tiv\ adjective

Examples of TRANSFORM

  1. A little creativity can transform an ordinary meal into a special event.
  2. The old factory has been transformed into an art gallery.


Middle English, from Middle French transformer, from Latin transformare, from trans- + formare to form, from forma form
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of TRANSFORM

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>.


noun trans·form \ˈtran(t)s-ˌfrm\

Definition of TRANSFORM

:  a mathematical element obtained from another by transformation
:  transformation 3a(1), (2)
:  a linguistic structure (as a sentence) produced by means of a transformation <“the duckling is killed by the farmer” is a transform of “the farmer kills the duckling”>

First Known Use of TRANSFORM

TRANSFORMABLE Defined for Kids


verb trans·form \trans-ˈfrm\

Definition of TRANSFORM for Kids

:  to change completely <The pumpkin had been transformed into a gleaming coach … — Gail Carson Levine, Ella Enchanted>
Medical Dictionary


transitive verb trans·form \tran(t)s-ˈf(ə)rm\

Medical Definition of TRANSFORM

:  to cause to change: as a :  to change (a current) in potential (as from high voltage to low) or in type (as from alternating to direct) b :  to cause (a cell) to undergo genetic transformation
intransitive verb
:  to become transformed


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