[ trans-fig-yer or, esp. British, -fig-er ]
/ trænsˈfɪg yər or, esp. 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.

Nearby words

  1. transfermium,
  2. transferor,
  3. transferral,
  4. transferrin,
  5. transfiguration,
  6. transfinite,
  7. transfinite number,
  8. transfix,
  9. transfixion,
  10. transfixion suture

Origin of transfigure

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

Related formstrans·fig·ure·ment, nounun·trans·fig·ured, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for transfigure


/ (trænsˈfɪɡə) /

verb (usually tr)

to change or cause to change in appearance
to become or cause to become more exalted
Derived Formstransfigurement, noun

Word Origin for transfigure

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

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Word Origin and History for transfigure



c.1300, from Old French transfigurer (12c.), from Latin transfigurare "change the shape of," from trans- "across" (see trans-) + figurare "to form, fashion," from figura "to form, shape," from figura "a shape, form, figure" (see figure (n.)). Related: Transfigured; transfiguring.

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