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 United States’s pivotal intervention in World War I, for instance, transformed Atlantic geopolitics and helped the 1920s roar, but this in turn greased the slide towards the Great Depression. Caitlin Fitz, WSJ, "‘A Nation Forged by Crisis’ Review: Part of the Wider World After All," 30 Nov. 2018 Much of the underlying technology had transformed, and the changes generally solved significant problems. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "How bicycles have changed in the last 25 years," 10 Nov. 2018 The recipient of an MSA Recognition Award, the store was transformed into the artist’s studio and painted in the same colors as the exhibition, with several design touches extending the gallery directly into the retail space. Micaela Marini Higgs, Vox, "The complicated relationship between art and commerce has a home in the museum gift shop.," 7 Nov. 2018 And so many little girls who watched were transformed by watching them be powerful. Olivia Fleming, Harper's BAZAAR, "Ana Maria Archila and Maria Gallagher Open Up About Confronting Jeff Flake in the Elevator," 29 Oct. 2018 And completely transformed the service provider industry. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Why tech companies need to reinvent themselves every three to four years," 10 Oct. 2018 President Ronald Reagan signed a landmark trade deal with Canada that was later transformed into the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and expanded to include Mexico. Kevin Freking, Fox News, "On trade policy, Trump is turning GOP orthodoxy on its head," 28 July 2018 Christopher has already helped transform the bodies of Jeremiah Tilmon and Mitchell Smith and should do wonders for returning sophomore Jontay Porter. Alex Schiffer, kansascity, "Mizzou strength coach Nicodemus Christopher talks player development in Q&A with The Star," 10 July 2018 The flow of big money has transformed races for the House and Senate, and helped Republicans hold an advantage. David G. Savage, latimes.com, "Supreme Court this year gave a preview of things to come: Wins for Trump, employers and Republicans," 1 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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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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