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Definition of morph

 (Entry 1 of 5)

1a : allomorph
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 More often than not, conversations about his job morph into conversations about life, and about the fears and worries that bond those who can split a double-team for a reverse dunk with those who haven’t played sports since middle school dodge ball. Mike Finger,, "Mike Finger: As Spurs’ DeMar DeRozan asks for space, a world can relate," 19 Jan. 2021 All of them have meticulously groomed trails, a source of pride for the grooming crews, and many morph into training centers for local kids. Star Tribune, "Here’s what you need to know to ski safely this season despite the coronavirus pandemic.," 5 Dec. 2020 Keur had a previous stint in Burlington and has seen the industry morph before his eyes. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "As MLB's minor league revamp wraps up, embattled franchises await fate: 'We are waiting and hoping'," 13 Nov. 2020 Among them was a white morph, a strange variant that Dr. Patel said has never been studied in the wild. Erik Vance, New York Times, "In Madagascar, Endangered Lemurs Find a Private Refuge," 26 Oct. 2020 And that will add a bittersweet quality to the end, but feels fitting because families do morph. Dan Snierson,, "Modern Family co-creator breaks down the emotional series finale," 9 Apr. 2020 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Rather, her curiosity was about whether occasional skepticism can morph into deep gridlock. Chris White, Forbes, "Unblocking Organizations: How To Create Change As Leaders," 6 Apr. 2021 As temperatures climb, working from home could morph into working outdoors. NBC News, "Biden's massive infrastructure plan, a Covid vaccine for teens and the Final Four is set," 31 Mar. 2021 The endeavor is eventually curtailed in the fifth season by Cloud 9’s new parent company Zephra, underscoring the stark reality of labor organizing against a capitalist structure that will morph in order to maintain power. Kovie Biakolo, Vulture, "Farewell to Superstore, a Show That Got Representation Right," 24 Mar. 2021 Both structures purposefully morph into the world of fantasy—one open, one enclosed. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "A Brief Anatomy of Outdoor Dining," 20 Mar. 2021 The Coca-Cola HBC legal function has demonstrated—as a handful of others have—that legal can morph from a business opportunity blocker and cost-center to a frontline growth leader and value creator. Mark A. Cohen, Forbes, "Portrait Of The Customer-Centric Legal Function," 1 Mar. 2021 Karthik Bala, co-founder of Velan Studios, said players can not only morph into a ball to become a weapon but can be tossed by teammates to reach higher ground or another key vantage point during a match. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "Dodgeball gets futuristic twist in new video game 'Knockout City' available in May," 18 Feb. 2021 That progress was noticed and tracked by BYU assistant Chris Burgess, who grew intrigued, wanting to see what George would morph into with the Cougars. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Gordon Monson: Gideon George’s path from Nigeria to BYU crossed two continents, stepping through two worlds," 27 Feb. 2021 To think Brady-Manning might morph into Rypien-Stidham ... 13. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "NFL power rankings: Buccaneers, Bills poised to break into top five," 6 Oct. 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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“Morph.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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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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