trans·​form | \ tran(t)s-ˈfȯrm How to pronounce transform (audio) \
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


trans·​form | \ ˈtran(t)s-ˌfȯrm How to pronounce transform (audio) \

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"

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transformable \ tran(t)s-​ˈfȯr-​mə-​bəl How to pronounce transform (audio) \ adjective

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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 The building at 27 N. Northwest Highway was previously home to real estate offices, so a significant amount of work is needed to transform it into a retail store, Meyer indicated. Jennifer Johnson,, 14 Oct. 2021 Baylor University increased its tuition sharply to transform itself into a national brand. Andrea Fuller, WSJ, 13 Oct. 2021 The huge tomes of data in any business can be stored, analyzed and studied to transform them into information. Vilas Uchil, Forbes, 13 Oct. 2021 The committee obtained the material from the General Services Administration (GSA), which has leased the old federal Post Office building to Mr. Trump for nearly a decade, so his company could transform it into a luxury hotel. Zak Hudak, CBS News, 8 Oct. 2021 One way to measure China’s urge to transform itself is to note how often the word new has been used by Chinese leaders. Perry Link, The New York Review of Books, 6 Oct. 2021 Spice them up with seasonal fruits, stack them with luxe cheeses or transform them into a brunch experience fit for royalty. Lauren Kotmel, cleveland, 6 Oct. 2021 Dell not only built a great business, but then had the wisdom to radically transform it from hardware and sales to software and services. David Meyer, Fortune, 5 Oct. 2021 The frustration in New Orleans reflects wider problems with America’s fractured energy system and President Joe Biden’s hopes to transform it into a seamless network able to harness new sources of solar, wind and other clean power. NBC News, 24 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Adapt, transform, pull from your personal experiences and advocate for yourself and your cause. Jill Griffin, Forbes, 15 June 2021 Its softness and warmth transform even an economy class flight into a nearly pleasurable experience. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, 22 May 2021 Since construction on the park began, longtime Haughville resident Olgen Williams said, he's seen the plot transform. London Gibson, The Indianapolis Star, 16 July 2021 Time and again, gritty episodes transform into narrative pearls. Star Tribune, 18 June 2021 Since Luka Doncic arrived in Dallas in 2018, Mosley has developed a close relationship with him and helped the 22-year-old All-Star transform into one of the league’s biggest stars. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, 17 June 2021 From her vantage point at Edina Cinema, Hauglund already has watched the movie business transform from big reels of film delivered via FedEx to tiny electronic chips, while the rise of streaming services — and then the pandemic — kept viewers home. Kim Hyatt, Star Tribune, 2 June 2021 Their design was initially inspired by photosynthesis – the process by which plants transform sunlight into energy via the green pigment (chlorophyll) found in their leaves. Laurie Winkless, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2021 The really cool thing was the challenge of making these sea monsters -- small spoiler -- transform between human and sea monster form. John Benson, cleveland, 14 June 2021

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First Known Use of transform


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


1853, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for transform


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

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English Language Learners Definition of transform

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


trans·​form | \ trans-ˈfȯrm How to pronounce transform (audio) \
transformed; transforming

Kids Definition of transform

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


transitive verb
trans·​form | \ tran(t)s-ˈfȯ(ə)rm How to pronounce transform (audio) \

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

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