\ ˈmȯrf \

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

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 The two investigations morph into each other in the fall of 2016 during the election and the same people are involved in all of them. Fox News, "Roger Stone: My House testimony was entirely truthful," 9 June 2018 Musgrove answered the bell, bringing a measure of solace to Pirates fans, not to mention GM Neal Huntington, who have had to watch Cole morph into an AL Cy Young contender. Michael Beller,, "Joe Musgrove Will Be a Staple of the Pirates Rotation If He Can Command His Cutter," 30 May 2018 In a new video with Johnson, Kardashian West morphs into the Disney character — complete with a long black wig, upward turning eyebrows and her signature tiara. Jillian Ruffo,, "Kim Kardashian Transforms Into Princess Jasmine in New Tutorial - and North West Isn't Buying It!," 29 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The doc will be produced by Rick Quan, who spent 20 years as a KPIX newsman and another eight at KGO and has recently been morphing from TV to filmmaking. Leah Garchik,, "Filmmakers, historians making Ed Lee documentary," 28 June 2018 Since its founding in 1997, the company has morphed from a DVD-rental service to a streaming-video upstart to the world’s first global TV powerhouse. The Economist, "Can Netflix please investors and still avoid the techlash?," 28 June 2018 That immensely boosted the international prestige of Kievan Rus, a nascent Eastern European power that would morph into the modern states of Ukraine, Russia and Belarus. Mansur Mirovalev,, "In battle between Russia and Ukraine, even God is in dispute," 29 May 2018 In West Virginia and Indiana the Republican Senate primary fights have morphed into multi-candidate battle royals with the combatants focused on one mission: out-Trumping their opponents. NBC News, "In Red State primaries, candidates out-Trump each other," 6 May 2018 In the design’s first public iteration, the tower morphed in stages from a square-sided base to a bundle of four elliptical tubes, passing through a middle zone that had a puffy, tufted look, like corseted flesh. Justin Davidson, Daily Intelligencer, "Superhuman City," 18 Apr. 2018 Mann, who’s played high-strung moms in many of Apatow’s movies, gives a deft and witty performance that smartly morphs from self-delusion to self-acceptance. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Blockers Is an R-Rated Prom-Night Comedy With Heart," 6 Apr. 2018 With 3:18 left in the third quarter, that challenge morphed from figurative to literal. Joe Freeman,, "Portland Trail Blazers show toughness, playoff poise in win over Oklahoma City Thunder," 26 Mar. 2018 Other Bull's Corner sites opened around town, the most successful a franchised location in LaPlace that morphed into a more upscale restaurant. Todd A. Price,, "Do you remember Bull's Corner? A lost New Orleans restaurant," 12 June 2017

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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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occurring twice a year or every two years

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