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transform

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verb trans·form \tran(t)s-ˈfȯrm\

Simple Definition of transform

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of transform

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to change in composition or structureb :  to change the outward form or appearance ofc :  to change in character or condition :  convert

  3. 2 :  to subject to mathematical transformation

  4. 3 :  to cause (a cell) to undergo genetic transformation

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to become transformed :  change

transformable play \-ˈfȯr-mə-bəl\ adjective
transformative play \-ˈfȯr-mə-tiv\ adjective

Examples of transform in a sentence

  1. A little creativity can transform an ordinary meal into a special event.

  2. The old factory has been transformed into an art gallery.



Origin of transform

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>.

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transform

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noun trans·form \ˈtran(t)s-ˌfȯrm\

Definition of transform

  1. 1 :  a mathematical element obtained from another by transformation

  2. 2 :  transformation 3a(1), (2)

  3. 3 :  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”>



1853

First Known Use of transform

1853


TRANSFORM Defined for Kids

transform

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verb trans·form \trans-ˈfȯrm\

Definition of transform for Students

transformedtransforming

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




Medical Dictionary

transform

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verb trans·form \tran(t)s-ˈfȯ(ə)rm\

Medical Definition of transform

  1. :  to cause to change: asa:  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

  2. intransitive verb

  3. :  to become transformed





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