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


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


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 Bentley Motors was the first automaker to transform itself, committing to a fully electric lineup by 2030. Morgan Korn, ABC News, 6 June 2021 Six years ago, Laupman was approached by the former owners to transform it into a trawler-style yacht. Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, 4 June 2021 When paired with the charging dock, owners can not only wirelessly power up your tablet, but transform it into an Echo Show-style device. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, 4 June 2021 Each step in the merchant data lifecycle involves many manual processes for platform companies to receive data from a large variety of sources and then cleanse and transform it into structured data capable of powering the platform. Frederick Daso, Forbes, 2 June 2021 The Fossens debated opening a food truck, but found their space at 768 E. 222nd St. -- a former thrift store -- and decided to transform it into a brick-and-mortar eatery. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, 2 June 2021 Many suggested that the yuan's rise provided the perfect opportunity for China to transform it into a global reserve currency to rival the dollar. Nicholas Gordon, Fortune, 1 June 2021 Burnham is fascinated by, delighted by the ability to transform himself through different gears of performance. Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, 30 May 2021 Without spoiling too much, their fraught relationship eventually inspires Estella to transform herself into a new, more confident persona: Cruella de Vil. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, 28 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Their bold visions align with the Yes 4 Minneapolis campaign, which will give city voters the power to update our city charter through a ballot amendment to create a new Department of Public Safety and transform safety in Minneapolis. Star Tribune, 24 May 2021 New data sources, data formats and different data validation requirements fundamentally changed the transform component of ETL. Sachin Smotra, Forbes, 4 May 2021 Thousands of cylindrical cells with components sourced from around the world transform lithium and electrons into enough energy to propel the car hundreds of kilometers, again and again, without tailpipe emissions. Ian Morse, Science | AAAS, 20 May 2021 Once anchored and blending with the horizon, the drop-down transom and side-bay beach club transform into a fully open-plan lounge. Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, 14 May 2021 In part 2 of the show, which hits the streamer on May 4, actors Julio Macias, Carlos Alfredo Jr. and Hunter Reese Peña transform into the talented musicians of Selena y Los Dinos. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 7 May 2021 Not only did Madame Clicquot transform Veuve Clicquot to become a force in the industry, because of her, bubbly underwent a major metamorphosis. Jeryl Brunner, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2021 In his autobiography, Campanella likened the gesture to watching the Coliseum transform into a massive birthday cake. Eric Nusbaum, Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2021 Following the same principles, Oracle provides the same load and transform capabilities. Patrick Moorhead, Forbes, 17 Mar. 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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“Transform.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of transform

: to change (something) completely and usually in a good way


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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