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"

Other Words from transform

Verb

transformable \ tran(t)s-​ˈfȯr-​mə-​bəl How to pronounce transform (audio) \ 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 Drug developers who make a concerted effort to leverage innovation and collaboration could transform development and potentially get through the regulatory process faster than those following a more traditional approach. Ron Peck, STAT, 2 Aug. 2022 Ahead, find the best sparkly dresses to transform your look and serve as an instant mood booster. Aemilia Madden, Vogue, 24 July 2022 The first installation sees Dungeons & Dragons transform the Omnia nightclub in San Diego’s Gaslamp District and has proven to be quite popular, with fans lining up around the block for their chance to get inside. Ryan Fish, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 July 2022 Biden and Democrats had lofty ambitions to transform the economy and social-safety net, and to engineer the most significant climate provisions in U.S. history. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, 15 July 2022 Quite a lot of vulnerability already exists for companies within the healthcare and financial industries, as many have yet to transform their legacy systems and adopt a more secure digitized structure. Anurag Lal, Forbes, 15 July 2022 But her ability to follow through on her big promises to transform tech regulation and improve the agency hinges on the morale of her staff. Cat Zakrzewski, Washington Post, 13 July 2022 Former enemies could transform into confidants today. Chicago Tribune, 24 July 2022 Between its convenience and stunning design, a pot filler will completely transform your kitchen. Maria Sabella, Better Homes & Gardens, 22 July 2022 See More

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

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“Transform.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transform. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for transform

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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