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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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Related Words for metamorphosing

mutate, transmute, develop, transubstantiate, remodel, age, vary, ripen, diverge, commute, transmogrify, mature, transfigure, translate, alter, change, reshape, remake

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British Dictionary definitions for metamorphosing


  1. to undergo or cause to undergo metamorphosis or metamorphism
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Word Origin and History for metamorphosing



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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