transform

verb
trans·​form | \ tran(t)s-ˈfȯrm \
transformed; transforming; transforms

Definition of transform

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to change in composition or structure
b : to change the outward form or appearance of
c : to change in character or condition : convert
2 : to subject to mathematical transformation
3 : to cause (a cell) to undergo genetic transformation

transform

noun
trans·​form | \ ˈtran(t)s-ˌfȯrm \

Definition of transform (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a mathematical element obtained from another by transformation
3 : a linguistic structure (such as a sentence) produced by means of a transformation "the duckling is killed by the farmer" is a transform of "the farmer kills the duckling"

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from transform

Verb

transformable \ tran(t)s-​ˈfȯr-​mə-​bəl \ adjective
transformative \ tran(t)s-​ˈfȯr-​mə-​tiv \ adjective

Choose the Right Synonym for transform

Verb

transform, metamorphose, transmute, convert, transmogrify, transfigure mean to change a thing into a different thing. transform implies a major change in form, nature, or function. transformed a small company into a corporate giant metamorphose suggests an abrupt or startling change induced by or as if by magic or a supernatural power. awkward girls metamorphosed into graceful ballerinas transmute implies transforming into a higher element or thing. attempted to transmute lead into gold convert implies a change fitting something for a new or different use or function. converted the study into a nursery transmogrify suggests a strange or preposterous metamorphosis. a story in which a frog is transmogrified into a prince transfigure implies a change that exalts or glorifies. joy transfigured her face

Examples of transform in a Sentence

Verb

A little creativity can transform an ordinary meal into a special event. The old factory has been transformed into an art gallery.

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In one, Kirsty Hume wears a comfy sweater that oozes off her shoulder; in the other, a simple T-shirt dress that wondrously transformed, with two inner ties, into a draped knockout à la Isadora Duncan. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Tom Ford’s Gucci and 1980s BodyMap: These Are the 16 Collections We’d Like to See Reissued Now," 27 Dec. 2018 The green revolution that transformed modern agriculture has generally increased its scale. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Urban farms could be incredibly efficient—but aren’t yet," 27 Dec. 2018 The shutdown this year comes as bigger events around the world roiled the business, highlighting the broad forces that are transforming U.S. manufacturing. Paul Page, WSJ, "Today’s Logistics Report: ‘Tis Delivery Season; Nimble Warehousing; Braking Trucking’s Rest Rules," 24 Dec. 2018 But the coolest thing about the Summit is the sleeping set up: The trailer cabin includes bunk beds for two children and a sofa that transforms into a queen-size bed for two adults. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 5 best campers for people with kids," 30 Nov. 2018 Help others while crushing your fitness goals with these pay-it-forward opportunities: About: Download this free app that transforms your runs, hikes, bike rides, and even dance parties into fundraising endeavors. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "10 Ways to Use Your Love of Fitness to Do Good on Giving Tuesday or Any Day," 27 Nov. 2018 Samsung took the wraps off its new Infinity Flex Display device this morning, the first foldable hybrid gadget from the company that transforms from a phone into a tablet. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Samsung reveals key specs for its upcoming foldable smartphone," 7 Nov. 2018 Your special seasonal dishware is now good enough to eat, thanks to this clever pan from Chicago Metallic that transforms the dough of your choice into an edible spoon. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "This $13 Amazon Pan Is Here to Make Cookies and Milk Even Better," 5 Nov. 2018 Not to mention, the store has a collection of books that can transform any empty table space in your home. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "You'll Want To Live In One Kings Lane's New Flagship Store," 2 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

To put it in perspective, a typical Fourier transform of a million pixel image will take about six million operations. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "A few Wi-Fi transmitters and your house becomes a coprocessor," 30 Apr. 2018 The home around her transforms, too: the walls crackle upward and the floor warmly glows like pools of lava. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "Inside Imogen Heap’s cutting-edge VR concert," 23 Aug. 2018 To see the space transform from a lackluster office to a space that perfectly encapsulates the HelloGiggles spirit, check out the before and after pictures below. Bridget Mallon, ELLE Decor, "BEFORE & AFTER: The HelloGiggles Office Makeover," 30 Oct. 2014 But surprisingly little research investigates how feeling hungry transforms into feeling hangry. Jennifer Maccormack, Washington Post, "If you’ve ever been hangry, this is what your body may be telling you," 9 July 2018 But surprisingly little research investigates how feeling hungry transforms into feeling hangry. Jennifer Maccormack, Washington Post, "If you’ve ever been hangry, this is what your body may be telling you," 9 July 2018 But surprisingly little research investigates how feeling hungry transforms into feeling hangry. Jennifer Maccormack, Washington Post, "If you’ve ever been hangry, this is what your body may be telling you," 9 July 2018 But surprisingly little research investigates how feeling hungry transforms into feeling hangry. Jennifer Maccormack, Washington Post, "If you’ve ever been hangry, this is what your body may be telling you," 9 July 2018 But surprisingly little research investigates how feeling hungry transforms into feeling hangry. Jennifer Maccormack, Washington Post, "If you’ve ever been hangry, this is what your body may be telling you," 9 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'transform.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of transform

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1853, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for transform

Verb

Middle English, from Middle French transformer, from Latin transformare, from trans- + formare to form, from forma form

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about transform

Statistics for transform

Last Updated

17 Jan 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for transform

The first known use of transform was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for transform

transform

verb

English Language Learners Definition of transform

: to change (something) completely and usually in a good way

transform

verb
trans·​form | \ trans-ˈfȯrm \
transformed; transforming

Kids Definition of transform

: to change completely The pumpkin had been transformed into a gleaming coach …— Gail Carson Levine, Ella Enchanted

transform

transitive verb
trans·​form | \ tran(t)s-ˈfȯ(ə)rm \

Medical Definition of transform

: to cause to change: as
a : to change (a current) in potential (as from high voltage to low) or in type (as from alternating to direct)
b : to cause (a cell) to undergo genetic transformation

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on transform

What made you want to look up transform? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a complex dispute or argument

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three-bears-two-of-them-look-like-theyre-whispering-to-a-third-bear-who-looks-chuffed-to-be-the-center-of-attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!