transform

verb
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

transform

noun
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

Verb

transformable \ tran(t)s-​ˈfȯr-​mə-​bəl How to pronounce transformable (audio) \ adjective
transformative \ tran(t)s-​ˈfȯr-​mə-​tiv How to pronounce transformative (audio) \ adjective

Choose the Right Synonym for transform

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

Scientist Bruce Banner transforms into a powerful brute after his experiment goes awry. Los Angeles Times, "Here are the feature and TV films airing the week of Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019," 11 Aug. 2019 This friendly arrangement transforms, however, when Hatidze tries to teach Hussein how to keep bees. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Honeyland Is a Stinging Allegory for Man-Made Disaster," 9 Aug. 2019 In the evenings, the museum will transform into live music venue The Rhinestone Stage, where national and local acts can perform intimate shows. USA TODAY, "Smokey Bear, tarantula trek, censoring Adam and Eve: News from around our 50 states," 9 Aug. 2019 Less than two months later, the photo would grace the cover of Abbey Road, transforming the humble zebra crossing into a tourist mecca, and Macmillan’s photograph into multi-generational touchstone. Jordan Runtagh, PEOPLE.com, "Expanded 50th Anniversary Edition of the Beatles' Abbey Road Announced," 8 Aug. 2019 But whatever alchemy transforms a candidate’s strengths into broad public support hasn’t happened yet for Booker. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, "Cory Booker Tries to Meet the Moral Moment," 8 Aug. 2019 The deal transformed JPMorgan’s asset-management division into a crucial profit engine for the entire company, and propelled Mr. Staley to new career heights. Emily Flitter, New York Times, "JPMorgan Kept Jeffrey Epstein as a Client Despite Internal Warnings," 8 Aug. 2019 The festival will transform an area of the park into a sprawling marijuana exhibit called Grass Lands. Melia Russell, SFChronicle.com, "Outside Lands gets city’s green light for pot sales on festival grounds," 7 Aug. 2019 Set designers transformed the theater’s tech booth into the Gravedigger’s home, an isolated ramshackle hut in the forest. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, "In ‘The Gravedigger,’ Fort Lauderdale director unearths Frankenstein’s monster at Popcorn Frights Film Festival," 5 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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. BostonGlobe.com, "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 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

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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 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

transform

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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