transfigure

[ trans-fig-yer or, especially British, -fig-er ]
/ trænsˈfɪg yər or, especially British, -ˈfɪg ər /

verb (used with object), trans·fig·ured, trans·fig·ur·ing.

to change in outward form or appearance; transform.
to change so as to glorify or exalt.

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Origin of transfigure

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

OTHER WORDS FROM transfigure

trans·fig·ure·ment, nounun·trans·fig·ured, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for transfigure

transfigure
/ (trænsˈfɪɡə) /

verb (usually tr)

to change or cause to change in appearance
to become or cause to become more exalted

Derived forms of transfigure

transfigurement, noun

Word Origin for transfigure

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