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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

Alas, three grand just happens to be the tipping point for the active exhaust system, when the Pista’s exhaust note morphs from its unprepossessing, razzy flatulence at low revs to something approaching a proper snarl. Dan Neil, WSJ, "I Drove a Screaming Fast Ferrari Among Ordinary Cars," 21 Feb. 2019 But those fights sort of morph into hearings—grievances aired, context disclosed, perspectives explained and vetted—all that. Marie Claire, "A New Couple, A Newer Home, and 2 Paychecks," 7 Feb. 2019 After all, when class president Zack Siler (Freddie Prinze Jr.) is saddled with the task of helping morph art student Laney Boggs (Rachael Leigh Cook) into prom queen as part of a...wait for it... Anne T. Donahue, Marie Claire, "Is All Rom-Com Love Based on a Lie?," 12 Feb. 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Oscars red carpet has quickly morphed into a sea of pink—like an ultra-feminine, ruffled, very pretty mind-meld happened to Hollywood's elite. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "It's a Parade of Pink on the Oscars Red Carpet," 25 Feb. 2019 As FaZe Clan has grown over the years, the gaming clan has morphed into a luxury entertainment brand. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "FaZe Clan welcomes ‘FaZe Boat’," 18 Dec. 2018 Now, according to Politico, his anger toward Trump has morphed into something worse: indifference. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "John Kelly Doesn’t Care Enough to Save Trump From Himself," 19 June 2018 And when protests morphed into war, Mr. Assad, backed... Raja Abdulrahim, WSJ, "‘Assad or We Burn the Country’: How the Syrian Regime Prevailed," 6 Mar. 2019 That morphed into this two-day ‘‘working visit’’ with much less pomp and circumstance amid concern about security and crowds in central London. Danica Kirka,, "‘Trump Baby’ balloon takes flight amid protests in London," 13 July 2018 Indeed, the 19-year-old draft prospect who almost wasn’t eventually morphed into one of the greatest players in Spurs history. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "Parker stunner: Iconic Spurs point guard headed to Charlotte," 6 July 2018 Getty Images Meghan Markle is quickly morphing into the perfect princess. Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Is Saying Goodbye to This Casual Accessory Now That She's a Royal," 26 June 2018 When Jared was just a pre-teen his childhood hobby, playing video games, morphed into a compulsive and eventually harmful obsession., "How Tech is Harming its Most Vulnerable Users," 18 June 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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