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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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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?


    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.

British Dictionary definitions for metamorphosed


  1. to undergo or cause to undergo metamorphosis or metamorphism
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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.

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