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[met-uh-mawr-fohz, -fohs] /ˌmɛt əˈmɔr foʊz, -foʊs/
verb (used with object), metamorphosed, metamorphosing.
to change the form or nature of; transform.
to subject to metamorphosis or metamorphism.
verb (used without object), metamorphosed, metamorphosing.
to undergo or be capable of undergoing a change in form or nature.
Origin of metamorphose
First recorded in 1570-80; back formation from metamorphosis
Related forms
unmetamorphosed, adjective
1, 3. mutate, transmute. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for metamorphosed
Historical Examples
  • A figure from the pages of Ovid, metamorphosed to a gunner of Santa Anna!

    The Strollers Frederic S. Isham
  • How came Racah the priest to be metamorphosed into Racah the pianist?

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
  • Was I the only Marl who metamorphosed into this state of rational entity?

    Cogito, Ergo Sum John Foster West
  • In this metamorphosed state they were the more able to accomplish their designs.

    Welsh Folk-Lore Elias Owen
  • Such were the adventures of Timothy, who was metamorphosed into a precise Quaker.

    Japhet in Search of a Father Frederick Marryat
  • The floating Farallones had metamorphosed into a giant warship.

  • His eyes turned blood-shot, and he was metamorphosed into a raging fiend.

    The Call of the Wild Jack London
  • But he is also so metamorphosed, that his late master could not recognise him.

    The Death Shot Mayne Reid
  • And how does this poor Paris metamorphosed please Monsieur Vane?

    The Parisians, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Reflected thence in a metamorphosed echo, he followed all its changes.

    Robert Falconer George MacDonald
British Dictionary definitions for metamorphosed


to undergo or cause to undergo metamorphosis or metamorphism
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for metamorphosed



1570s, from Middle French métamorphoser (16c.), from métamorphose (n.), from Latin metamorphosis (see metamorphosis). Related: Metamorphosed. The Greek verb was metamorphoun.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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