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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

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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In celebration of her 21st birthday, Jenner ditched her bombshell onyx mane for lengths hued peroxide, which morphed from an interminable ponytail to an abbreviated iteration—a chic move reminiscent of older sister Kim Kardashian West. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Makes the Case for Growing Out Your Roots," 22 Aug. 2018 In the course of a week, however, media coverage morphed from a free-for-all attack by opponents on Rouhani to calls for unity from across the political spectrum to confront problems at home and foes abroad. Scott Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Iran protests: why Rouhani's foes are backing off their hard line," 2 July 2018 As the strike gained steam, its demands morphed from lower fuel prices to the resignation of Temer. Marina Lopes, Washington Post, "WhatsApp is upending the role of unions in Brazil. Next, it may transform politics.," 11 June 2018 As 13 unlucky Kentucky Derby and Preakness winners since 1978 came and went from Belmont Park without completing the Triple Crown, the drought morphed from historical quirk to an existential struggle. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Justify goes wire to wire in Belmont Stakes to win Triple Crown," 9 June 2018 Wedding flowers are imbued with enough good feeling, Davis, 66, believes, that their stalks and petals can easily morph from Saturday night decoration to sick-room adornment. Alfred Lubrano,, "Wedding flowers from Saturday night repurposed to brighten the lives of seniors, patients by Sunday morning," 3 June 2018 Dancers looking like otherworldly art school dropouts flitted among the crowd, providing a visual consistency as the space morphed from dancefloor to performance space and back again. Joe Lynch, Billboard, "Ariana and the Rose Prep for Immersive House of Yes Series With Glitter, Alien Dancers & More," 20 Apr. 2018 No one should have thought the Raptors morphed from Cavaliers postseason punching bag to the young Mike Tyson this season. Bud Shaw,, "The Cavs scored a good win over Toronto, not a knockout punch -- Bud Shaw," 22 Mar. 2018 Lilly plays Hope van Dyne: a brilliant scientist who uses a similar size-morphing suit to stomp through bad guys in a quest to rescue her mother — played by Michelle Pfeiffer — who is trapped in the mysterious quantum realm. Eli Wolfe,, "‘Ant-Man’ Paul Rudd talks tiny insects and Skywalker Ranch," 2 July 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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to clear from alleged fault or guilt

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