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Definition of "transform" []

  • To change markedly the appearance or form of: "A thick, fibrous fog had transformed the trees into ghosts and the streetlights into soft, haloed moons” ( David Michael Kaplan). (verb-transitive)
  • To change the nature, function, or condition of; convert. See Synonyms at convert. (verb-transitive)
  • Mathematics To subject to a transformation. (verb-transitive)
  • Electricity To subject to the action of a transformer. (verb-transitive)
  • Genetics To subject (a cell) to transformation. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "transform" in a sentence
  • "The Fourier transform is also named in his honour."
  • "Watching them transform from a start-up company to the present day publishing beast has been nothing if not inspiring."
  • "I transform from a rock into an arrow pointed down."