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Borrowed from Old French transformer, from Latin transformo, transformare, from trans (across, preposition) + forma (form).


  • Verb:
    • (UK) enPR: trănzfômʹ, tränzfômʹ; IPA(key): /tɹænzˈfɔːm/, /tɹɑːnzˈfɔːm/
    • (US) enPR: trănzfôrmʹ; IPA(key): /tɹænzˈfɔɹm/
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  • Noun:
    • (UK) enPR: trănzʹfôm, tränzʹfôm; IPA(key): /ˈtɹænzfɔːm/, /ˈtɹɑːnzfɔːm/
    • (US) enPR: trănzʹfôrm; IPA(key): /ˈtɹænzfɔɹm/
  • Hyphenation: trans‧form


transform (third-person singular simple present transforms, present participle transforming, simple past and past participle transformed)

  1. (transitive) To change greatly the appearance or form of.
    The alchemists sought to transform lead into gold.
    • Shakespeare
      Love may transform me to an oyster.
    • 2012 March-April, Terrence J. Sejnowski, “Well-connected Brains”, in American Scientist[1], volume 100, number 2, page 171:
      Creating a complete map of the human connectome would therefore be a monumental milestone but not the end of the journey to understanding how our brains work. The achievement will transform neuroscience and serve as the starting point for asking questions we could not otherwise have answered, […].
  2. (transitive) To change the nature, condition or function of; to change in nature, disposition, heart, character, etc.; to convert.
    • Bible, Romans xii. 2
      Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.
  3. (transitive, mathematics) To subject to a transformation; to change into another form without altering the value.
  4. (transitive, electricity) To subject to the action of a transformer.
  5. (transitive, genetics) To subject (a cell) to transformation.
  6. (intransitive) To undergo a transformation; to change in appearance or character.


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transform (plural transforms)

  1. (mathematics) the result of a transformation

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