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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 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 The relationship between section and title morphs throughout. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "Carmen Maria Machado’s Many Haunted Stories of a Toxic Relationship," 31 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But after the war, its manufacturers steadily morphed into paradigms of quality and productivity. Marc Bain, Quartz, "How Japan’s global image morphed from military empire to eccentric pop-culture superpower," 21 May 2020 If tensions continue to escalate, the dispute could morph into a damaging conflict that not only weakens the world's recovery from Covid-19, but also risks slowing important technological innovations. Laura He, CNN, "A US-China trade war is the last thing the world economy needs now," 19 May 2020 In the later days Zocalo morphed into a dual nightclub scene, where DJs entertained a new generation of clientele inside and Latin bands catered to a different crowd outside. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, "After 20 years, 'it's the end of an era' for El Zocalo restaurant in downtown Chandler," 18 May 2020 Over time, our video calls morphed from traditional lessons on grammar and tense, into a much more universal language: WTF is happening in the world? Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, "There’s No Better Time To... Cook in a Foreign Language," 14 May 2020 Protests morphed into the biggest social unrest since at least the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet in the 1970s and 1980s. Stephan Kueffner,, "Why Latin America’s Bloody Protests Won’t Die Out Anytime Soon," 12 May 2020 What was tipped to be a marque year for Russian President Vladimir Putin is morphing into one of the toughest challenges to his 20-year reign. Ann M. Simmons, WSJ, "In Russia, Putin Wrestles With Economic Impact of Coronavirus," 5 May 2020 Because of the stay-at-home order, her shower morphed into a drive-by celebration, where her friends and family passed by her house, honking their horns and holding celebratory signs, balloons and streamers. Annie Waldman, ProPublica, "She Made Every Effort to Avoid COVID-19 While Pregnant. Not a Single Thing Went According to Plan.," 5 May 2020 As the crisis mode morphed into longer-term pandemic management, a one-size-fits all response was no longer suitable. New York Times, "Germany’s Reopening Offers Hope for a Semblance of Normal Life," 6 May 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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31 Mar 2020

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“Morph.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 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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