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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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Already, America is watching BA.2—the speedier sister to the viral morph that clobbered the country this winter (now retconned as BA.1)—overtake its sibling and spark outbreaks, especially across the northeast. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 15 Apr. 2022 The weather conditions were extreme for the rare 'blue morph' Arctic fox. Cecilia Rodriguez, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2022 But should the current war morph into a longer-term insurgency, the scene for foreign fighters and supporters can change, with some sharpening ideological or political views or favoring extremist narratives. Naureen Chowdhury Fink, CNN, 16 Mar. 2022 Nearly 80 percent of lemon frost geckos—a type of genetic morph bred for their sunny color—will develop this skin cancer that arises from pigment-producing cells called iridophores. Rachael Lallensack, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Dec. 2021 There have been some truly memorable fashion moments this year; from Amanda Gorman’s Prada headband to Kim Kardashian’s haute Balenciaga morph suit. Alice Newbold, Vogue, 19 Dec. 2021 As the years went by, Melfo saw the landscape morph. Jonathan Moens, Wired, 27 Nov. 2021 Collins sported a green morph suit and a watermelon tunic. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 17 Sep. 2021 But the Fed is watching closely to see which sectors continue to see prices climb, and if peoples’ expectations around inflation morph over time, too. Washington Post, 30 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb So says Kristin Smith, president of the DTC furniture and décor rental service helping spaces morph into homes. Jeffrey Steele, Forbes, 17 June 2022 As parts of swathing budget cuts, the BBC announced late May that CBBC will morph from a broadcast to online channel. John Hopewell, Variety, 12 June 2022 For a country which is not linked to French colonization, this could be a warning sign that events in the Sahel may eventually morph into something much more significant in Africa. Tom Collins, Quartz, 6 June 2022 Hands that morph from a tree trunk gently hold a bird’s nest. New York Times, 13 Apr. 2022 For now, there's no word on whether the O2 will morph into a real production model. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 2 Mar. 2022 As the virus continues to morph, Dr. Walensky said the CDC must evaluate the efficacy of vaccines, therapeutics and tests for each new variant. Chip Cutter, WSJ, 19 May 2022 In the song’s music video, Lamar stands alone, using deepfake technology to morph into famous doppelgängers. Sheldon Pearce, The New Yorker, 16 May 2022 Like Facebook, YouTube and other internet companies, Twitter was forced to morph from hard-liner on free expression to speech nanny. New York Times, 26 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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