verb meta·mor·phose \ -ˌfōz , -ˌfōs \
|Updated on: 8 Jul 2018

Definition of metamorphose

metamorphosed; metamorphosing
1 a : to change into a different physical form especially by supernatural means
b : to change strikingly the appearance or character of : transform
2 : to cause (rock) to undergo metamorphism
1 : to undergo metamorphosis
2 : to become transformed

Examples of metamorphose in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of metamorphose

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

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

METAMORPHOSE Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of metamorphose for English Language Learners

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

Medical Dictionary


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

medical Definition of metamorphose

metamorphosed; metamorphosing
: to undergo metamorphosis

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