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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Other Words from transform


transformable \ tran(t)s-​ˈfȯr-​mə-​bəl How to pronounce transformable (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 Each tree fades from pink at the base to champagne at the top and comes with 150 lights to transform your space into a twinkly oasis. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "We're Totally Obsessed With This Pink Ombré Christmas Tree from Michaels," 15 Nov. 2019 Make Your Own Holiday Wreath: Dec. 1, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Use fresh greens, holiday decorations and a bow to transform an art frame into a beautiful seasonal wreath for your home., "Community News For The Wethersfield Edition," 14 Nov. 2019 With its newest venture, the Atlas Restaurant Group, known for the city’s buzzier spots like Ouzo Bay and The Bygone, promised to transform the south shed of Fells Point’s Broadway Market into a celebration of our region’s rich culinary heritage. Christina Tkacik,, "Review: On the hunt for a great crab cake? Don’t go to the Choptank.," 14 Nov. 2019 After all, anyone who manages to transform a small creative concept—her debut collection was based out of a Manhattan kitchen—into more than 250 boutiques worldwide knows a thing or two about ambition. Glamour, "Tory Burch Has a Message For Women Everywhere: ‘Embrace Your Ambition’," 12 Nov. 2019 Thanking veterans for their service went beyond words with Orange County Fire Rescue’s recent decision to transform one of its fire engines into a moving tribute. Joe Mario Pedersen,, "Saluting the troops, Orange County Fire Rescue unveils redesigned engine," 11 Nov. 2019 Ms Warren wants to spend $20.5trn over a decade to transform America’s private market for health insurance into a government-run programme. The Economist, "Politics this week," 7 Nov. 2019 Unable to deny the sheer unhealthiness of cigarettes, enthusiasts try to transform healthiness into its own vice. Jack Butler, National Review, "Destroying Your Lungs to Own the Libs," 7 Nov. 2019 One of the most important fashion rules to remember is the ability for accessories to completely transform your look. Richmond Ekow Barnes, Essence, "Finishing Touches: Shop These Must-Have Bags By Ghanaian Designers," 31 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This easy weeknight meal transforms leftover shredded chicken into a spicy meal in about 15 minutes., "Tuesday Recipe: Chicken Tinga Tacos," 28 Aug. 2019 Spruill says the aquarium can’t stay silent as the pace of global warming transforms oceans. Jon Chesto,, "New England Aquarium takes a more active role in climate-change fight," 8 July 2019 Chocolate and pumpkin transform ice cream sandwiches from a summertime sweet to a Halloween (trick or) treat! The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Chocolate and Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches," 1 Aug. 2019 The hoisin-mint marinade recipe that follows transforms fast-cooking pork tenderloin and chicken pieces. Jeanmarie Brownson, Twin Cities, "Refresh your summer cooking with versatile mint for grilled meats, salads and tea," 18 July 2019 Wavelet transforms are now used everywhere from JPEG 2000 compression to the processing of the gravitational-wave signals detected by LIGO from the collisions of black holes. Quanta Magazine, "Yves Meyer, Wavelet Expert, Wins Abel Prize," 21 Mar. 2017 Your high energy and positive attitude transform nearly any situation., "Horoscope," 10 June 2019 The 16-year old transforms into a superhero for his latest starring role as Billy Batson in the DC Extended Universe film Shazam! Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About "Shazam!" Star Asher Angel," 15 Apr. 2019 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

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

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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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