[ trans-fig-yer or, especially British, -fig-er ]
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verb (used with object),trans·fig·ured, trans·fig·ur·ing.
  1. to change in outward form or appearance; transform.

  2. to change so as to glorify or exalt.

Origin of transfigure

1250–1300; Middle English transfiguren<Latin trānsfigūrāre to change in shape. See trans-, figure

Other words for transfigure

Other words from transfigure

  • trans·fig·ure·ment, noun
  • un·trans·fig·ured, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for transfigure


/ (trænsˈfɪɡə) /

verb(usually tr)
  1. to change or cause to change in appearance

  2. to become or cause to become more exalted

Origin of transfigure

C13: from Latin transfigūrāre, from trans- + figūra appearance

Derived forms of transfigure

  • transfigurement, noun

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