trans·​form | \ tran(t)s-ˈfȯrm How to pronounce transform (audio) \
transformed; transforming; transforms

Essential Meaning of transform

: to change (something) completely and usually in a good way The new paint completely transformed [=changed the appearance of] the room. A little creativity can transform an ordinary meal into a special event. See More ExamplesThe old factory has been transformed into an art gallery. The Internet has completely transformed [=changed the nature of] many retail businesses.Hide

Full 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"

Other Words from transform


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

Choose the Right Synonym for transform


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 Glowing skin served as the look’s finisher, elements combining to transform a would-be quirky move into something undeniably chic. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, 18 Nov. 2021 Biden's personal salesmanship doesn't seem likely to suddenly transform his fortunes, if his low-wattage event filled with recycled stump speech lines and jokes in front of a creaking New Hampshire bridge on Tuesday is a guide. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 18 Nov. 2021 Clouded by uncertainty and constantly evolving health guidance, offices, stores, and restaurants had to quickly transform their interiors to meet changing regulations and business needs. Diana Budds, Curbed, 17 Nov. 2021 Joy Williams from Joyful Designs Studio worked with her fiancé to transform two spaces—one for rest and one for work—800 miles apart. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 Nov. 2021 Over the years, Israel has used technology to transform the Negev, covering more than half the country, into an agricultural region where high-tech, drip-irrigated farms grow crops like cherry tomatoes, melons and dates. Washington Post, 15 Nov. 2021 President Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson both addressed delegates at the meeting, warning of dire consequences if nations fail to transform economic engines that cause massive pollution., 12 Nov. 2021 Companies must take steps to digitally transform their operations by emphasizing smart data capturing systems. Doug Lawson, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2021 This included employing thousands of painters, sculptors, muralists and graphic artists to use their craft to transform public spaces. Amanda Randone,, 10 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Kurant is fascinated by moments in which new developments — the agricultural revolution, the invention of writing, the advent of electricity — transform humanity, rewiring both individual brains and the collective unconscious. New York Times, 12 Nov. 2021 That’s even as the imposing FAANG Fab 5 transform into MAANG. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 29 Oct. 2021 Even cooler to see the facility transform for football, which returned to the United Kingdom on Sunday for the first time since 2019. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 12 Oct. 2021 This article was produced in partnership with CatchLight, a nonprofit media organization leveraging the power of visuals to inform, connect and transform communities. Samantha Cabrera Friend, ProPublica, 30 Sep. 2021 In January, Prada became the first luxury fashion company to join The Valuable 500, an initiative aiming to close the disability employment gap and transform businesses to address the needs of disabled people. Lottie Jackson, CNN, 29 Sep. 2021 Experts have said climate change could displace hundreds of millions of people around the world as rising sea levels, hotter temperatures and more frequent extreme weather events transform where is livable on the planet. NBC News, 21 Sep. 2021 Japanese barberry has long been used as an ornamental, bushy plant because its leaves transform from green to a purplish color in the fall. Ryan Martin, The Indianapolis Star, 8 Sep. 2021 Adapt, transform, pull from your personal experiences and advocate for yourself and your cause. Jill Griffin, Forbes, 15 June 2021

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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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More Definitions for transform


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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