[met-uh-mawr-fohz, -fohs]

verb (used with object), met·a·mor·phosed, met·a·mor·phos·ing.

to change the form or nature of; transform.
to subject to metamorphosis or metamorphism.

verb (used without object), met·a·mor·phosed, met·a·mor·phos·ing.

to undergo or be capable of undergoing a change in form or nature.

Nearby words

  1. metamorphic facies,
  2. metamorphic rock,
  3. metamorphism,
  4. metamorphize,
  5. metamorphopsia,
  6. metamorphoses,
  7. metamorphosis,
  8. metamorphosis, the,
  9. metamorphous,
  10. metamyelocyte

Origin of metamorphose

First recorded in 1570–80; back formation from metamorphosis

Related formsun·met·a·mor·phosed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for metamorphose



to undergo or cause to undergo metamorphosis or metamorphism
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Word Origin and History for metamorphose



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