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[met-uh-mawr-fohz, -fohs]
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verb (used with object), met·a·mor·phosed, met·a·mor·phos·ing.
  1. to change the form or nature of; transform.
  2. to subject to metamorphosis or metamorphism.
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verb (used without object), met·a·mor·phosed, met·a·mor·phos·ing.
  1. to undergo or be capable of undergoing a change in form or nature.
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Origin of metamorphose

First recorded in 1570–80; back formation from metamorphosis
Related formsun·met·a·mor·phosed, adjective


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  • Let us observe the steps of the process by which the metamorphose must have been effected.

    Modern Skepticism

    C. J. Ellicott

  • A quarter of an hour sufficed to metamorphose Bathurst into an Oude peasant.

  • It was not her fault that a miracle had happened since then to metamorphose the whole world.

    The Phantom Lover

    Ruby M. Ayres

  • But you metamorphose yourself about so, one does not know which way to look for you.

  • Those sheaves, or stooks—who can describe their metamorphose?

British Dictionary definitions for metamorphose


  1. 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.

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