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

In the early 90s, Heyman took a local New England indie promotion and transformed it into Extreme Championship Wrestling, an impressive development that has not been replicated in the industry. Justin Barrasso, SI.com, "Becky Lynch and Seth Rollins Teaming Up Again as Part of ‘Raw’ Double Main Event," 5 July 2019 Kroger is attempting to transform itself to compete in a cutthroat grocery industry that’s being turned on its head by Amazon. Fortune, "Kroger," 1 July 2019 Landmarks: Chula Vista continues to transform itself with Aquatica SeaWorld Waterpark, the Mattress Firm Amphitheatre and Living Coast Discovery Center. Martina Schimitschek, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Chula Vista: City of the ‘beautiful view’ plans bayfront renaissance," 30 June 2019 The project resurrects a warehouse built in the 1920s, transforming it into 86,000 square feet of office, retail and restaurant space with 72 urban-style loft apartments. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al.com, "Monday Night Brewing, Denham Building moving ahead," 27 June 2019 The husband-and-wife team, Wolfgang and Whitney Schaefer, restored the 100-plus-year-old structure and transformed it late last year into a cozy place that’s ideal for brunch. Lori Rackl, chicagotribune.com, "Headed to Summerfest? Check out these new places to eat and drink in Milwaukee," 26 June 2019 But donations and corporate sponsors have helped SeriesFest transform itself into a nonprofit while at the same time setting up a permanent office in Denver that produces year-round, national programming. John Wenzel, The Know, "Denver’s TV-pilot festival SeriesFest finds itself in a position of power for Season 5," 21 June 2019 Denver, Houston, Miami—and transformed them into serious news organizations, hiring experienced, high-profile reporters and giving them resources to do the job. Christine Biederman, WIRED, "Inside Backpage.com’s Vicious Battle With the Feds," 18 June 2019 Social media has put pop stars in constant contact with their audience, transforming them from untouchable idols into imaginary friends. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "Troye Sivan’s Coming of Age," 17 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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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