transform [verb trans-fawrm; noun trans-fawrm] SynonymsExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for transform on verb (used with object)

  1. to change in form, appearance, or structure; metamorphose.
  2. to change in condition, nature, or character; convert.
  3. to change into another substance; transmute.
  4. Electricity.
    1. to increase or decrease (the voltage and current characteristics of an alternating-current circuit), as by means of a transformer.
    2. to decrease (the voltage and current characteristics of a direct-current circuit), as by means of a transformer.
  5. Mathematics. to change the form of (a figure, expression, etc.) without in general changing the value.
  6. Physics. to change into another form of energy.

verb (used without object)

  1. to undergo a change in form, appearance, or character; become transformed.


  1. Mathematics.
    1. a mathematical quantity obtained from a given quantity by an algebraic, geometric, or functional transformation.
    2. the transformation itself.
  2. the result of a transformation.
  3. a transformation.
  4. Logic. transformation(def 5).
  5. Linguistics. a structure derived by a transformation.

Origin of transform 1300–50; Middle English transformen Latin trānsfōrmāre to change in shape. See trans-, form Related formstrans·form·a·ble, adjectivetrans·form·a·tive, adjectivein·ter·trans·form·a·ble, adjectivenon·trans·form·ing, adjectivere·trans·form, verb (used with object)self-trans·formed, adjectiveun·trans·form·a·ble, adjectiveun·trans·form·a·tive, adjectiveun·trans·formed, adjectiveun·trans·form·ing, adjectiveSynonyms for transform See more synonyms for on 1. transfigure. T ransform , convert mean to change one thing into another. T ransform suggests changing from one form, appearance, structure, or type to another: to transform soybeans into oil and meal by pressure. C onvert suggests so changing the characteristics as to change the use or purpose: to convert a barn into a house. Related Words for transform mutate, convert, transfer, revolutionize, revamp, remodel, reconstruct, translate, mold, alter, transmute, doctor, transpose, renew, metamorphose, switch, commute, transmogrify, cook, transfigure Examples from the Web for transform Contemporary Examples of transform

  • The number of people messing with Texas will mean that Texas will transform into a place like other places.

    Will Texas Stay Texan?

    David Fontana

    December 29, 2014

  • And of those who transform themselves into masters and believe themselves superior to others, rather than at their service.

    Pope Francis Denounces the Vatican Elite’s ‘Spiritual Alzheimer’s’

    Barbie Latza Nadeau

    December 23, 2014

  • The end of the embargo and resumption of diplomatic relations with Cuba could transform Major League Baseball.

    Is Major League Baseball Ready For Cuba’s Players?

    Ben Jacobs

    December 19, 2014

  • Phil Hoffman had to transform himself into Truman Capote while Julia Roberts won for being brassy in Erin Brockovich.

    Exclusive: Aaron Sorkin Thinks Male Film Roles Have Bigger ‘Degree of Difficulty’ Than Female Ones

    William Boot

    December 15, 2014

  • She promises her 21-day plan can help you, “Transform your Body, Burst with Energy, and Live Your Life with Purpose.”

    From Baltimore Ravens Cheerleader to Mrs. Robinson

    Brandy Zadrozny

    November 6, 2014

  • Historical Examples of transform

  • What new feeling could transform me, since I find none in me?

    The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete

    Emile Zola

  • The sixth can create and transform living creatures if he feel inclined.

    The Chinese Fairy Book


  • How to transform the left overs into palatable and wholesome dishes.


    Sarah Tyson Heston Rorer

  • It will be easy to watch them and to see them transform, and eventually to get the butterfly.

    Boy Scouts Handbook

    Boy Scouts of America

  • With uncertain hands she tried to transform that pity into sorrow, not for herself, but for him.

    The Paliser case

    Edgar Saltus

  • British Dictionary definitions for transform transform verb (trænsˈfɔːm)

    1. to alter or be altered radically in form, function, etc
    2. (tr) to convert (one form of energy) to another form
    3. (tr) maths to change the form of (an equation, expression, etc) by a mathematical transformation
    4. (tr) to increase or decrease (an alternating current or voltage) using a transformer

    noun (ˈtrænsˌfɔːm)

    1. maths the result of a mathematical transformation, esp (of a matrix or an element of a group) another related to the given one by B = X –1 AX for some appropriate X

    Derived Formstransformable, adjectivetransformative, adjectiveWord Origin for transform C14: from Latin transformāre, from trans- + formāre to form Word Origin and History for transform v.

    mid-14c., from Old French transformer, from Latin transformare “change the shape or form of,” from trans- “across” (see trans-) + formare “to form” (see form (v.)). Related: Transformed; transforming.

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