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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

Sometimes the meaning of such experiences doesn’t come into focus until later—the piano lessons you were forced to take as a child morph into a predisposition for synth-pop. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "Stephen Cheng Released One Single That Sounded Like Nothing Else. But Who Was He?," 24 Aug. 2019 His system is predicated on two-deep safety pre-snap looks that morph into grey hybrid coverages with both man and zone principles. Andy Benoit,, "Vic Fangio Expected to Elevate Broncos’ D, But Joe Flacco and the Offense Will Struggle," 19 Aug. 2019 Spadefoot toad tadpoles’ head sizes morph in response to the type of food available. Starre Vartan, National Geographic, "Meet the shape-shifting baby amphibians that become cannibals," 26 June 2019 The other European 27 member states—already wrestling with U.S. trade threats, discord over migration and Italy’s budget deficit—don’t want to see Brexit morph into a deeper crisis. Laurence Norman, WSJ, "U.K., EU Approve Hard-Fought Brexit Divorce Deal. Now the Harder Work Begins.," 25 Nov. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Now those concerns are morphing from career risk to market risk. Ben Carlson, Fortune, "Yes, Passive Investing Has Exploded. But Here’s Why Fears of a Bubble are Overblown," 14 Sep. 2019 The meaning of that event has undergone significant revisions over time, morphing from a comforting tale of new arrivals and native people peacefully coexisting into one of land grabs, enslavement, rape and genocide. New York Times, "A State Wrestles With Its Imagery: A Sword Looming Over a Native American," 7 Sep. 2019 The protests have morphed from a targeted repudiation of their leader to an expression of all the grievances Puerto Ricans have harbored for years: The debt. Daniela Altimari,, "Connecticut residents plan to gather in solidarity with critics of Puerto Rican governor as protests grow," 22 July 2019 Among the low-lifes, unreliable narrators, burnouts, spectral figures and missing records is Bugliosi, morphing from hovering presence — monitoring O’Neill’s investigations from afar — to browbeating nemesis. Stephen Phillips,, "What really happened in the Manson murders? ‘Chaos’ casts doubt on Helter Skelter theory," 12 July 2019 That improbable season changed the perception of the team, which morphed from laughingstock to winner. Fox News, "Mets honored with keys to the city 50 years after their 1969 'miracle' season," 30 June 2019 Along the way, their proportions morphed from sleek-bodied, narrow-skulled youth into school bus-sized adults with broad skulls and teeth as big as bananas. Eric Betz, Discover Magazine, "Tyrannosaurus Rex: Scary. Smart. Social?," 12 Apr. 2019 The breed, reputedly one of the world’s oldest equines, is known for its tranquil temperament, hardiness, and coat color that morphs from dark at birth to nearly white as an adult. Kimberley Lovato, National Geographic, "Take a road trip through this wild, beautiful French delta," 28 Mar. 2019 The Bucks have turbocharged their pace and morphed from a team that resisted 3-pointers to a team that launches 3-pointers with almost reckless abandon. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "There’s a LeBron-Shaped Hole in Half of the NBA," 15 Nov. 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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concealment of treason or felony

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