from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To change into a different shape or form, especially one that is fantastic or bizarre. See Synonyms at convert.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To completely alter the form of.
- v. To completely alter one's form.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To change into a different shape; to transform.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To transform into some other person or thing, as by magic; convert or transform in general.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. change completely the nature or appearance of
Origin unknown.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Origin uncertain, but possibly from transmigure or transmigrate. It is also possible that this word is a formation derived from maugre, hence it originally signified the "evil eye", but under the influence of the former etymologies shifted its meaning to its sense of "transformation". Another possibility is a humorous blending of transfigure and modify. (Wiktionary)