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 very act of transforming the wild into the civilized is a social one, requiring many people to work together. Charles Stanish, Smithsonian, "How Feasting Rituals Help Shape Human Civilization," 5 July 2018 Not unlike an oasis in the desert, the Sand Valley Resort has sprung from an inhospitable landscape and is in the process of transforming a region. Gary D'amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "D'Amato: How Sand Valley Golf Resort is transforming central Wisconsin," 30 June 2018 Props to Dunkin’ for transforming its production line scraps into these craveable cuties. 4. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "Critics’ pick their favorite fast food in San Antonio," 18 June 2018 Nearly a decade ago, city officials came up with the idea of transforming its sleepy downtown, which sits along the northern shore of Lake Dora, into a seaplane base. Martin E. Comas, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Tavares looks to add performing arts center to booming downtown," 15 June 2018 And a civilization, to some degree, is just a mechanism for transforming energy on a planetary surface. Lee Billings, Scientific American, "Alien Anthropocene: How Would Other Worlds Battle Climate Change?," 13 June 2018 Everything will now depend on whether Kim has made that strategic choice in the hope of transforming his primitive economy. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "What really came out of the Trump-Kim summit," 12 June 2018 For that money, the Presidio agreed to take over the expense of transforming land Caltrans had used for storage and staging into national park-quality acreage. J.k. Dineen, San Francisco Chronicle, "Above the bay, the Tunnel Tops green space is coming to San Francisco," 12 June 2018 With Obama finally out of the way, Netanyahu could concentrate on getting the Trump team to embrace his grand strategy for transforming the direction of Middle Eastern politics. Adam Entous, The New Yorker, "Donald Trump’s New World Order," 11 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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 Ramsey, whose tenure as president began in 2002, is credited with helping transform U of L into a major research university. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "'Here for the students': Neeli Bendapudi's first day as president," 15 May 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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