trans·​for·​ma·​tive | \ tran(t)s-ˈfȯr-mə-tiv How to pronounce transformative (audio) \

Definition of transformative

: causing or able to cause an important and lasting change in someone or something a transformative experience And she'll tell anyone who asks about her transformative weeks working for UNICEF in Congo and Cambodia.— S. L. Price It is increasingly hard to escape the conclusion that American politics has entered one of those rare transformative moments that shape the content of our public discourse and the direction of our governance for generations.— Doug Ireland

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The shifting winds in the desert also seemed more frustrating than transformative, while the limited visibility in a Ghost House adds a nice claustrophobic feeling that can also help hide the wider course design. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Super Mario Maker 2 review: A great sequel, playable on a better console," 26 June 2019 Macron is the most transformative French President since François Mitterrand. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, "Can Emmanuel Macron Stem the Populist Tide?," 24 June 2019 Working at Camp was truly a fun yet transformative experience., "Working as a Camp Courant counselor inspires pride, joy and continual devotion," 21 June 2019 The process is transformative, and the results are palpable—even if not always quantifiable. Aliza Kelly, SELF, "If You're Asking If Astrology Is 'Real,' You're Missing the Point," 21 June 2019 In Tanjore in the far south, Carnatic music received enlightened and transformative patronage from the Maratha court, which had just seized control of that ancient center of Tamil culture. The New York Review of Books, "‘Treasures of a Desert Kingdom: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India’," 17 June 2019 Being in a room where suddenly, we weren't othered in any way felt transformative and poignant for all of us in different ways. Yvonne Villarreal,, "‘Tales of the City's’ Lauren Morelli on her LGBTQ writers room and lessons from Jenji Kohan," 6 June 2019 The Orioles have a right to do some chest-thumping after drafting Rutschman, who is a fantastic prospect and — hopefully — the face of a truly transformative moment in team history. Peter Schmuck,, "Schmuck: Will this draft be the one to take the Orioles to the promised land?," 6 June 2019 Which are the most transformative treatments on the menu? April Long, Town & Country, "The Dermatologist Who Saved Bella Hadid's Skin Opens a Spa," 16 May 2019

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1668, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of transformative

formal : causing or able to cause a change especially : causing someone's life to be different or better in some important way

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