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

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 Enlisting a noted fiction writer to tell his life story might strike casual observers as odd, but Snowden and Cohen are both obsessed with the ways in which tech has transformed self and society. Adam Weinstein, The New Republic, "Edward Snowden’s Novel Makeover," 17 Sep. 2019 These stragglers—the ones who hadn’t been offered asylum and hadn’t yet resorted to another round of smugglers to take them deeper into Europe—were transformed. Dina Nayeri, Time, "Waiting is a Boot on Your Neck: How Refugees Summon Joy and Why They Hide It From Us," 17 Sep. 2019 Boston wants to build a more resilient coastline, for example, and Houston has been transforming its bayou system with parks that can also manage flooding. CBS News, "Storm-resistant parks are helping cities defend themselves against flooding," 17 Sep. 2019 At the stroke of midnight on Dec. 31, will every Uber and Lyft driver in the state, plus all the other affected workers, turn into employees, like Cinderella’s coachmen transforming back into mice? Carolyn Said, SFChronicle.com, "AB5 gig work bill: All your questions answered," 16 Sep. 2019 From then until roughly 2012, Chinese exports grew at double-digit rates, transforming both China’s economy and the rest of the world’s. Karl W. Smith, Twin Cities, "Karl W. Smith: The good news about income inequality," 15 Sep. 2019 The recognition gives companies and nonprofit organizations a chance to boost employee engagement, attract and retain top talent and transform the workplace culture. David Lyons, sun-sentinel.com, "Deadline extended to Nov. 1 to nominate South Florida’s Top Workplaces," 13 Sep. 2019 More than 120 wineries now dot the golden fields of the valley, and the resulting tourism has transformed Walla Walla, which has grown to a population of about 33,000. Sally Carpenter Hale, chicagotribune.com, "Like wine from France’s Rhone Valley? Head to Walla Walla," 13 Sep. 2019 The order, which the governor announced in Trinidad, calls for transforming the site that includes grasslands, forests and volcanic cliffs by January 2021. Judith Kohler, The Denver Post, "Privately owned Fisher’s Peak in southern Colorado to become 42nd state park," 12 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This easy weeknight meal transforms leftover shredded chicken into a spicy meal in about 15 minutes. ExpressNews.com, "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, BostonGlobe.com, "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. 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

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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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24 Oct 2019

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

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More Definitions for transform

transform

verb
How to pronounce transform (audio)

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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