Definition of transform in English:



  • 1Make a marked change in the form, nature, or appearance of.

    ‘lasers have transformed cardiac surgery’
    ‘he wanted to transform himself into a successful businessman’
    • ‘Voluntary effort can transform the appearance of an area and increase the respect that people have for their environment.’
    • ‘News of the Revolution of July 1830 in Paris transformed the nature of these mountain protests.’
    • ‘They transformed the appearances of a number of lucky shoppers who had won makeovers and new wardrobes.’
    • ‘The promise of eventual membership has transformed the nature of countries as diverse as Poland, Turkey and Romania.’
    • ‘His physical appearance transforms a strong performance into a memorable one.’
    • ‘Consider it a free accessory, that can complete your appearance and transform your look from night to day.’
    • ‘Those magic little wands can transform your appearance, giving your eyes a bright, wide-awake look, regardless of whether the rest of your face is au naturel or made up to perfection.’
    • ‘We yearn for the simple life, thinking that being closer to nature will transform us into spiritual, earth-preserving people.’
    • ‘She certainly appears to have transformed the attitude of managers and staff, as well as that of her colleagues on the council.’
    • ‘The hope is that the new material will transform the interior appearance of concrete buildings by making them feel light and airy rather than dark and heavy.’
    • ‘To fashion historians, he's the man who transformed male appearance in the 20th century.’
    • ‘That will help to transform many GP surgeries up and down the country.’
    • ‘There is a revolution happening in the farm fields and on the dinner tables of America - a revolution that is transforming the very nature of the food we eat.’
    • ‘The phenomenon is transforming the nature of technology service, an industry long infamous for being impersonal.’
    • ‘The history of human progress is the history of humankind taking things from nature, and transforming nature for its own benefit.’
    • ‘Cosmetic surgery can easily transform an ugly duckling into a beautiful swan, so it is being put to a new use - that is, to create ‘man-made beauty’.’
    • ‘By varying color palettes, patterns and fabrics slipcovers can stylishly transform the appearance of any space.’
    • ‘Program One was about that, and the ways in which that's transforming the nature of war.’
    • ‘As we affect and transform nature, so we are affected and transformed by nature.’
    • ‘Ending war means essentially transforming the nature of the arms export industry.’
    change, alter, modify, convert, metamorphose, transfigure, transmute, mutate
    remodel, reshape, remould, redo, reconstruct, rebuild, recast, reorganize, rearrange, reorder, reshuffle, restyle, rejig, rework, renew, revamp, renovate, overhaul, remake
    revolutionize, stir up, turn upside down
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    1. 1.1[no object]Undergo a marked change.
      ‘a wry cynicism rapidly transforms into an overwhelming sense of sourness’
      • ‘The neglected garden in the back yard was, in a moment, transformed into a junkyard of shattered masonry.’
      • ‘It ought to be a little bit gratifying: Boring, beige-wearing mom transforms into wild rock chick - that's good stuff right there.’
      • ‘It was a coming of age, a place where boys transformed into men.’
      • ‘Gradually this captivating dancer transformed into multiple savage creatures.’
      • ‘It concludes with how the tenants react to the accident, and how their noise transforms into music.’
      • ‘Hence, a trip to the cinema transforms into a full-day activity for the family.’
      • ‘And then, as I get older, it transforms into something else.’
      • ‘Just immerse in the world of music, it transforms into a medicine for both physical and mental ailments.’
      • ‘Staff say the scheme is already proving a success with one troubled child now transformed into a model pupil who has won school awards.’
      • ‘The short film focuses on a businessman who transforms into a drag queen at night.’
      • ‘The Witch is pulled out of the oven, transformed into a big cake.’
      • ‘Somehow she transforms into a siren who transfixes the beasts, literally in the middle of a brawl.’
      • ‘In that single moment Susan transformed into a professional gearing up to draw and hold the attention of thousands of viewers.’
      • ‘The threats of the past have transformed into agreements of economic, cultural and scientific cooperation.’
      • ‘She adjusts her breasts and runs her hand over her hair, as she transforms into her character.’
      • ‘Then, personal passion or stress is purified and transformed into unselfish compassion.’
      • ‘At the end of that movie we find him transformed into adult, at last ready to try to make a difference.’
      • ‘This passage explicitly thematizes the way human temporality is experienced as some form of spatial movement - how space transforms into time.’
      • ‘A street protest in Washington D.C. transforms into a no-gluten, soy-cheese, all veggie pizza party.’
      • ‘The objects have been carefully arranged, lovingly transformed into what he calls reality art.’
      change, alter, modify, convert, metamorphose, transfigure, transmute, mutate
      remodel, reshape, remould, redo, reconstruct, rebuild, recast, reorganize, rearrange, reorder, reshuffle, restyle, rejig, rework, renew, revamp, renovate, overhaul, remake
      revolutionize, stir up, turn upside down
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    2. 1.2Change the voltage of (an electric current).
      • ‘There the signal is passed through the skin to the implant, which transforms the signal to electrical pulses.’
      • ‘A ½ x ½ inch ceramic battery can transform body heat into electrical power.’
      • ‘I used a power stepper to transform the frequency and also to down the voltage from 240v to 110v.’
      • ‘Those receive their 11,000 volt current underground and then transform it to a voltage suitable for the domestic consumers in just one or two roads or streets.’
      • ‘The wind plant captures and transforms wind energy into direct current electricity.’
  • 2Mathematics
    Change (a mathematical entity) by transformation.

    • ‘He replaced the differential operator d/dx by a variable p transforming a differential equation into an algebraic equation.’
    • ‘Percentage of emergence was transformed to arcsin square root.’
    • ‘He used them to transform Laplace's equation into ellipsoidal coordinates and so separate the variables and solve the resulting equation.’
    • ‘All variables used in this study were transformed to natural logarithms before the correlation analyses were performed.’
    • ‘Variables were transformed with natural logarithms or square roots to normalize residuals.’


Mathematics Linguistics
  • 1The product of a transformation.

    • ‘In the bottom portion of the figure, the logarithmic transform of power is presented.’
    • ‘The wavelet transform is designed to produce the best image possible given the bandwidth of the medium of transmission.’
    • ‘In 1935, the Laplace transform was a topic of frontline research, by 1955 it was standard fare in undergraduate courses.’
    • ‘A constant uncertainty on a linear scale transforms to a variable uncertainty on a log scale.’
    1. 1.1A rule for making a transformation.
      • ‘The transformation rules may comprise both causal hypotheses and modal transforms.’
      • ‘Bateman's method was the now familiar one of applying the complex inversion formula of the Laplace transform.’
      • ‘Similar questions are investigated for the sine transforms rather than the cosine transforms.’
      • ‘Aleksandrov further developed the integral transform method and used asymptotic methods to solve the problem for a finite thickness layer.’
      • ‘Some readers will of course scream that refactoring has a prescribed set of transforms, many of which are described in great detail in this book.’


Middle English (as a verb): from Old French transformer or Latin transformare (see trans-, form).