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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


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

Your coffee mug morphs into a doughnut, as if made of putty that’s been pinched and pulled. Devin Powell, Discover Magazine, "Shape Shifters," 28 Sep. 2018 And then these conversations kind of morph at midyear 2016 into a dossier conversation. Fox News, "Jay Sekulow: Mueller investigation needs to end 'very soon'," 9 Aug. 2018 Arctic foxes — which remain abundant in parts of North America and Russia — come in two color morphs. Steph Yin, New York Times, "Arctic Foxes on a Swedish Mountain Turned ‘Blue.’ It Was a Good Thing.," 28 Mar. 2018 Statesman’, once elected, morph into just another self-serving politician. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Breaking: House hammers hard-line immigration bill," 21 June 2018 What seems just and righteous to you through the eyes of an 18-year-old morph with wisdom and life experiences. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "He failed high school chemistry and algebra. Now a doctor, he went to his alma mater to tell graduating seniors about success.," 18 June 2018 Through its intricate architecture, the library's Great Reading Room morphs into a sundial once the solstice hits. Weldon Johnson, azcentral, "Summer solstice 2018 is June 21. Here's why the day is a big deal," 19 June 2018 Here’s hoping Zendaya’s style continues to grow, morph, and inspire for seasons (and years!) to come. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "MTV Movie Awards 2018: Zendaya Wears Hershey Kiss Dress," 17 June 2018 David’s actor-daughter Ella, vulnerable and needy, eventually morphs into the spitting emotional image of dear old dad, cruelty and ego included. Christine Dolen, miamiherald, "'I'm Gonna Pray for You So Hard' does, sadly, reflect the dark soul of our times," 11 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

So Betty and Veronica from Archie Comics stop arguing about whether to go to the dance with Archie by morphing into a lovestruck John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Sally Singer, Vogue, "With Slash, a Fetish for Pop Culture Leads to the Stage," 8 Jan. 2019 What seemed so feasible just days or weeks ago—going to the gym five days a week/running a half-marathon/enter resolution here—can somehow morph into something impossible. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "13 Mental Strategies to Help You Stick With Your New Exercise Routine," 4 Jan. 2019 This film was originally conceived as a sequel to Guillermo del Toro's Hellboy: The Golden Army, but creative differences morphed into a reboot with a new director (Neil Marshall) and a new Hellboy (David Harbour). Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "The 2019 Sci-Fi Film Guide," 3 Jan. 2019 Overhead, another mural constantly changes form, morphing from flowers in space to a 3D face pressing into lines to a Pac-Man-like maze in bright colors. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Weed and luxury in Las Vegas," 15 Nov. 2018 The very idea of putting Trump and Lincoln on the cover and morphing their heads together -- but look at how similar their situations are. Fox News, "Ingraham: The defenders of lawlessness," 2 Aug. 2018 The letters etaoin still occurred most frequently, while shrdlu morphed into srhldcu. Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, "A Long Wait to Vote? Odds Are, You Were in the A-to-M Line," 16 Nov. 2018 There was a remote case to be made since RBI has morphed into an actual word, pronounced rib-ee. Leanne Italie, Fox News, "Scrabble dictionary adds 'OK,' 'ew' to official play along with hundreds of other new words," 24 Sep. 2018 There was a remote case to be made since RBI has morphed into an actual word, pronounced rib-ee. Leanne Itali, The Seattle Times, "Yowza! Scrabble dictionary update adds ‘OK,’ ‘ew’ to official play," 24 Sep. 2018

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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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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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