What does transform mean?

Definitions for transform
trænsˈfɔrm; ˈtræns fɔrmtrans·form

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word transform.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. transformverb

    subject to a mathematical transformation

  2. transform, transmute, transubstantiateverb

    change or alter in form, appearance, or nature

    "This experience transformed her completely"; "She transformed the clay into a beautiful sculpture"; "transubstantiate one element into another"

  3. transform, transmute, metamorphoseverb

    change in outward structure or looks

    "He transformed into a monster"; "The salesman metamorphosed into an ugly beetle"

  4. translate, transformverb

    change from one form or medium into another

    "Braque translated collage into oil"

  5. transformverb

    convert (one form of energy) to another

    "transform energy to light"

  6. transformverb

    change (a bacterial cell) into a genetically distinct cell by the introduction of DNA from another cell of the same or closely related species

  7. transformverb

    increase or decrease (an alternating current or voltage)


  1. transformnoun

    the result of a transformation

  2. transformverb

    to change greatly the appearance or form of

  3. transformverb

    to change the nature, condition or function of

  4. transformverb

    to subject to a transformation

  5. transformverb

    to subject to the action of a transformer

  6. transformverb

    to subject (a cell) to transformation

  7. transformverb

    to undergo a transformation

  8. Etymology: From transformer, from trans + forma.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Transformverb

    To metamorphose; to change with regard to external form.

    Etymology: transformer, Fr. trans and forma, Latin.

    She demanded of him, whether the goddess of those woods had such a power to transform every-body. Philip Sidney, b. i.

    Love is blind, and lovers cannot see
    The pretty follies that themselves commit;
    For if they could, Cupid himself would blush
    To see me thus transformed to a boy. William Shakespeare.

    As is the fable of the lady fair,
    Which for her lust was turn’d into a cow;
    When thirsty to a stream she did repair,
    And saw herself transform’d she wist not how. Davies.

  2. To Transformverb

    To be metamorphosed.

    His hair transforms to down, his fingers meet
    In skinny films and shape his oary feet. Addison.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Transformverb

    to change the form of; to change in shape or appearance; to metamorphose; as, a caterpillar is ultimately transformed into a butterfly

  2. Transformverb

    to change into another substance; to transmute; as, the alchemists sought to transform lead into gold

  3. Transformverb

    to change in nature, disposition, heart, character, or the like; to convert

  4. Transformverb

    to change, as an algebraic expression or geometrical figure, into another from without altering its value

  5. Transformverb

    to be changed in form; to be metamorphosed


  1. Transform

    Transform is the sixth studio album by Christian pop and rock singer Rebecca St. James. It was released on October 24, 2000 and debuted at #166 on the Billboard 200. The album spawned two of St. James' biggest hits, "Wait for Me" and "Reborn".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Transform

    trans-form′, v.t. to change the shape of: to change into another substance: to change the disposition.—v.i. to be changed in form or substance.—adj. Transfor′mable.—ns. Transformā′tion, change of form or substance, metamorphosis: the change of one metal into another: (path.) any morbid change in a part; Transformā′tion-scene, any scene on the stage which changes in presence of the audience.—adj. Transfor′mative.—ns. Transfor′mātor, Transfor′mer.—p.adj. Transfor′ming, effecting, or able to effect, a change of form or state.—ns. Transfor′mism, the theory of the development of one species from another; Transfor′mist.—adj. Transformis′tic.

Editors Contribution

  1. transform

    To change form to improve or evolve.

    They did transform the house at their speed.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 21, 2020  
  2. transform

    To change to an improved form, creation, design or structure.

    The team love to transform with their collective authority and power, it brings much joy to all

    Submitted by MaryC on August 13, 2020  

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  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'transform' in Verbs Frequency: #567

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of transform in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of transform in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of transform in a Sentence

  1. Buenos Aires-based:

    Argentina has the resources, but in order to transform them into reserves and making projects... a series of clear and stable rules is needed.

  2. Chief Executive Jes Staley:

    There will also be no let-up in the critically important work to transform Barclays' culture.

  3. Melinda Gates:

    If you want to transform society and lift people out of poverty, you also have to look at this from a women's perspective, poverty is sexist.

  4. Pablo Picasso:

    Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun.

  5. Arvid Lorimer Olsson:

    The best thing a teacher can do is to transform the student into his own teacher. So that the student in the end only needs his teacher for a second opinion.

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  • transformarCatalan, Valencian
  • proměnitCzech
  • transformieren, verwandeln, umwandelnGerman
  • μετασχηματίζω, μεταμορφώνωGreek
  • transformiEsperanto
  • transformar, trasformarSpanish
  • تغییر شکل یافتنPersian
  • muuttaa, muuntautua, muuntaa, muuntua, muuttuaFinnish
  • transformer, transforméeFrench
  • trasformata, modificare, trasformarsi, trasformareItalian
  • שינוי צורהHebrew
  • 変質, 変態, 変化, 変形, 変換Japanese
  • هه‌ڵگه‌ڕانKurdish
  • mutor, perforo, transfiguro, muto, transformo, perfororLatin
  • transformarPortuguese
  • transformaRomanian
  • преобража́ть, преобразо́вывать, преобрази́ть, преврати́ть, видоизменя́ть, преобразова́ть, трансформи́ровать, превраща́ть, видоизмени́тьRussian
  • แปลงThai
  • יבערמאַכןYiddish
  • 轉變Chinese

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