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Definition of morph

 (Entry 1 of 5)

b : a distinctive collocation of phones (such as a portmanteau form) that serves as the realization of more than one morpheme in a context (such as the French du for the sequence of de and le)
2a : a local population of a species that consists of interbreeding organisms and is distinguishable from other populations by morphology or behavior though capable of interbreeding with them
b : a phenotypic variant of a species


morphed; morphing; morphs

Definition of morph (Entry 2 of 5)

transitive verb

: to change the form or character of : transform

intransitive verb

: to undergo transformation especially : to undergo transformation from an image of one object into that of another especially by means of computer-generated animation

Definition of morph (Entry 3 of 5)

variants: or morpho-

Definition of morph- (Entry 4 of 5)

1 : form morphogenesis
2 : morpheme morphophonemics

Definition of -morph (Entry 5 of 5)

: one having (such) a form isomorph

Examples of morph in a Sentence

Verb The picture of a dog morphed into a picture of a cat. Using the new software, we morphed a picture of a dog into a picture of a cat. a quiet college student who has morphed into a glamorous actress He is trying to morph himself into a different person.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The pattern by which a particular isotope morphs is its decay chain. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Health," 1 Feb. 2020 Come Friday and Saturday, Kenny’s Italian Café, a breezy, rustic seaside venue morphs into a late-night dancing spot. Kate Donnelly, Condé Nast Traveler, "An Insider's Guide to Negril, Jamaica's Low-Key Hideaway," 3 Feb. 2020 Grey Hen will start as a saloon and morph into a drug store on the 100-year anniversary of Prohibition. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "What to expect when the masterminds behind UnderTow open a train-themed cocktail bar," 21 Aug. 2019 So how did the practice morph from humble branches to majestic trees? National Geographic, "See the electric and eclectic ways Americans decorate for Christmas," 14 Dec. 2018 How did a holiday that began as a way to honor the dead morph into just another ritual of over-the-top American consumption? Jay L. Zagorsky, The Conversation, "Half a billion on Halloween pet costumes is latest sign of America’s out-of-control consumerism," 28 Oct. 2019 Supernova morphs and its shock waves reverse in stunning new NASA video. Fox News, "Bolton told aide to alert National Security Council lawyer over Ukraine meeting," 15 Oct. 2019 After about two weeks, the hard, white flesh morphs into a brown mush that’s repulsive to look at but has a refreshing briskness with winy overtones, like old-fashioned applesauce laced with cinnamon. Washington Post, "Try something new with uncommonly delicious (and ugly) fruit," 5 Nov. 2019 The relationship between section and title morphs throughout. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "Carmen Maria Machado’s Many Haunted Stories of a Toxic Relationship," 31 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Overall, the survey found that 63% are concerned that the Democratic Party is morphing into socialism. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "Voters: 63% fear socialism means bread lines, secret police, hospital waiting lines," 16 Mar. 2020 Aside from the price plunge, Iran is also dealing with the coronavirus, which has morphed from a health crisis into an economic one. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "Iran hit hardest as oil price war, cornavirus cripples nation," 10 Mar. 2020 Opinion: An author in Milan observes that a sense of indignation over travel restrictions has morphed into a dawning sense of community awareness. Mike Ives, New York Times, "Coronavirus, Italy, Bernie Sanders: Your Tuesday Briefing," 10 Mar. 2020 First came the Greens, founded in 1980, who quickly morphed from hirsute radicals into a party of government. The Economist, "The splintering states A pact with the far right in Thuringia rattles German politics," 6 Feb. 2020 An appointment like that makes the PCAOB’s appear politically partisan and causes concern that the board will morph completely into a do-nothing regulator. Fortune, "What’s Going on With the Regulator That Keeps Public U.S. Companies In Check?," 26 Nov. 2019 Thursday’s dive followed the frenetic pace Wall Street has seen all week and came a day after the Dow morphed into a bear market, reflecting a 20 percent fall from its all-time high. Thomas Heathand Taylor Telford,, "Dow plunges 10% despite Fed lifeline as coronavirus panic grips investors," 12 Mar. 2020 The projection then morphs into a ghostly 3-D re-creation of the mosque before its destruction, the architectural rendering rising from the rubble around it. Washington Post, "At the Sackler Gallery, take a virtual-reality tour of cities ravaged by ISIS," 5 Mar. 2020 Error 0: The final two games of the regular season didn’t serve as a strong indication that Clear Springs would morph into a third-round playoff team, but the Lady Chargers are finding the post-season environment quite cozy. Ted Dunnam, Houston Chronicle, "Clear Springs’ fast start paves way to win over North Shore," 20 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of morph


1947, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1982, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for morph


back-formation from morpheme


short for metamorphose

Combining form

German, from Greek, from morphē

Noun combining form

International Scientific Vocabulary, from -morphous

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31 Mar 2020

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“Morph.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of morph

of an image on a screen : to gradually change into a different image
: to change gradually and completely from one thing into another thing usually in a way that is surprising or that seems magical

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