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Definition of morph

 (Entry 1 of 5)

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And that will add a bittersweet quality to the end, but feels fitting because families do morph. Dan Snierson,, "Modern Family co-creator breaks down the emotional series finale," 9 Apr. 2020 The pattern by which a particular isotope morphs is its decay chain. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Health," 1 Feb. 2020 Come Friday and Saturday, Kenny’s Italian Café, a breezy, rustic seaside venue morphs into a late-night dancing spot. Kate Donnelly, Condé Nast Traveler, "An Insider's Guide to Negril, Jamaica's Low-Key Hideaway," 3 Feb. 2020 Grey Hen will start as a saloon and morph into a drug store on the 100-year anniversary of Prohibition. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "What to expect when the masterminds behind UnderTow open a train-themed cocktail bar," 21 Aug. 2019 So how did the practice morph from humble branches to majestic trees? National Geographic, "See the electric and eclectic ways Americans decorate for Christmas," 14 Dec. 2018 How did a holiday that began as a way to honor the dead morph into just another ritual of over-the-top American consumption? Jay L. Zagorsky, The Conversation, "Half a billion on Halloween pet costumes is latest sign of America’s out-of-control consumerism," 28 Oct. 2019 Supernova morphs and its shock waves reverse in stunning new NASA video. Fox News, "Bolton told aide to alert National Security Council lawyer over Ukraine meeting," 15 Oct. 2019 After about two weeks, the hard, white flesh morphs into a brown mush that’s repulsive to look at but has a refreshing briskness with winy overtones, like old-fashioned applesauce laced with cinnamon. Washington Post, "Try something new with uncommonly delicious (and ugly) fruit," 5 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For a team that doesn't typically run a true post-snap RPO, a pass design that can morph into a run if the defense overplays downfield appears to be a far more effective way to utilize Hill's skillset in red zone looks. Jeff Nowak | Staff Writer,, "Inside Taysom Hill's huge moment: A 'different element' helps lift Saints to comeback win," 14 Oct. 2020 Bottles beckon from the counter, the walls and the alcoves that morph into window tables at night. Washington Post, "Inside or out, Reveler’s Hour pours on the warmth and the wine," 2 Oct. 2020 One issue that could morph into something much more consequential is the availability of 2021-model-year vehicles, and new-vehicle inventory as a whole, as noted by Cox Automotive. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, "Third-Quarter New-Vehicle Sales Are Encouraging, Hint at Recovery," 1 Oct. 2020 Weekend reading: Federal Internet of Things security rules; cyber-vendor acquisitions; and ransomware attacks morph into deadly concern. WSJ, "Cyber Daily: Another Maritime Cyberattack | Treasury Cautions Against Paying Ransom to Sanctioned Groups," 2 Oct. 2020 The foreign enemy could easily morph into the enemy within. Stephen Wertheim, The New Yorker, "How Trump Brought Home the Endless War," 1 Oct. 2020 Only time will tell whether the dollar’s comeback is here to stay, but what is clear is that some crosses have more to lose than others if Monday’s moves morph into a trend. Ven Ram,, "Commodity Currencies Could Bear the Brunt of a Stronger Dollar," 22 Sep. 2020 The mutual admiration will morph into something more competitive Wednesday at 8:30 p.m., when the Eastern Conference finals resume. Ira Winderman,, "Fan and foe: Celtics’ Brad Stevens on Heat’s Spoelstra, ‘I think the world of Erik’," 22 Sep. 2020 With everything online, a museum building would morph into something that’s more or less just storage. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Will Covid-19 Change the Way Museums Are Built?," 16 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of morph was in 1947

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“Morph.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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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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