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transform

[verb trans-fawrm; noun trans-fawrm]
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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.
noun
  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, adjective

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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.
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Examples from the Web for transform

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

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

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

    Sandwiches

    Sarah Tyson Heston Rorer

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

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    Boy Scouts of America

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

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    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, adjective

Word Origin

C14: from Latin transformāre, from trans- + formāre to form
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper