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"

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Other Words from transform

Verb

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

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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

The glam squad arrived backstage to swiftly transform—sweeping her hair into a dance party-ready low ponytail and adding a shimmer of highlighter on cheekbones to give the Golden Hour singer a lit-from-within glow. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "How Kacey Musgraves Got Ready for the Grammy Awards," 11 Feb. 2019 His Vision 2030 plan to transform the kingdom foresees a vibrant private sector to wean the country off its dependence on oil revenues and its citizens off dependence on government. Karen Elliott House, WSJ, "Where Is Crown Prince Mohammed?," 11 Feb. 2019 And having already dressed up as a Victoria's Secret Angel for Halloween 2018 alongside her sisters, Jenner decided to transform into a full-blown celestial being in time for the festive season. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner Literally Looks Like an Angel in This Tiny Magda Butrym Dress," 23 Dec. 2018 As noted by Elite Daily, what was already pretty funny took an even more hilarious turn when some Twitter users decided to transform the prank into a solidly relatable meme. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal Play Holiday Prank on Ryan Reynolds," 22 Dec. 2018 Ryan then had to lose 20 pounds of muscle during his Christmas vacation and shave off his older Noah beard to transform into the younger, fresh-faced Noah who wooed Allie on the ferris wheel. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "16 Shocking Facts About "The Notebook" That Will Change How You See the Movie," 28 Nov. 2018 The state’s struggle to transform a business that for decades had operated illegally in the shadows into a regulated industry sets an example for other states moving toward legalization. Washington Post, "Oregon’s medical marijuana program admits to problems," 13 July 2018 The next challenge was how to transform the wild reed into a flute. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, "In rediscovered reed flute, a soulful link to Jordanian identity," 13 July 2018 His plan is to transform a portion of Toronto’s Film Studio District, a sleepy industrial park that feels detached from the city, into a vibrant and hip community with amenities to support the industry. Erik Heinrich, latimes.com, "Toronto has been a film and TV hub for decades. Now Guillermo del Toro may give the Canadian city an edge," 12 July 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

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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

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

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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

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