Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To change into a wholly different form or appearance; transform: synonym: convert.
  • intransitive verb To cause to undergo metamorphosis or metamorphism.
  • intransitive verb To be changed or transformed.
  • intransitive verb To undergo metamorphosis or metamorphism.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A transformation in shape or character; metamorphosis.
  • To change into a different form; alter or modify the shape or character of; transform; transmute.
  • Synonyms Transmute, etc. See transform.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Same as metamorphosis.
  • transitive verb To change into a different form; to transform; to transmute.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb of a moth or insect to undergo metamorphosis
  • verb to transform (something) into a completely different appearance

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb change in outward structure or looks
  • verb change completely the nature or appearance of

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French métamorphoser, from Old French, from metamorphose, metamorphosis, from Latin metamorphōsis; see metamorphosis.]

Examples

  • This helped my pain metamorphose into something less personal and more universal, something organic and natural.

    Excerpt: The Year of Pleasures by Elizabeth Berg

  • From the smoldering remains of the destruction, Cortés built two of what were to metamorphose in the future as Cuernavaca's main tourist attractions: the Palacio de Cortés (now a history museum) and the Catedral de la Asunción.

    In Morelos, Cuernavaca springs eternal

  • Not only do people appear to adopt an online persona which simply does not sit with the real life person behind the username, but I have definitely noticed that for some of the trolls, the waves of vitriol and bile, if left unchecked, can metamorphose into an enormous tsunami of poisonous hatred and abuse beyond what can ever be acceptable either morally or legally.

    Ambi Sitham: Keyboard Warriors and Trolls: Post in haste, Repent at Your Leisure

  • Not only do people appear to adopt an online persona which simply does not sit with the real life person behind the username, but I have definitely noticed that for some of the trolls, the waves of vitriol and bile, if left unchecked, can metamorphose into an enormous tsunami of poisonous hatred and abuse beyond what can ever be acceptable either morally or legally.

    Ambi Sitham: Keyboard Warriors and Trolls: Post in haste, Repent at Your Leisure

  • Most important, Slawenski is able to answer a literary question Hamilton posed in 1988: How did the post-war author of such lax, immature stories as the ones published in Cosmopolitan and Good Housekeeping metamorphose into the ironic, controlled creator of "For Esme" and other masterworks in "Nine Stories"?

    Kenneth Slawenski's biography of J.D. Salinger

  • As the day progressed, "The Maltese Unicorn" began to metamorphose from joke to viable story concept.

    Howard Hughes and the Ghost of Better Times

  • I've always functioned under the impression that part of being a good citizen is caring for our fellow citizens, but to hear the pundit class parse and metamorphose this issue from a moral imperative into a collision of classes, it's apparently anything but.

    Zaki Hasan: The GOP's Tax Attacks

  • From the smoldering remains of the destruction, Cortés built two of what were to metamorphose in the future as Cuernavaca's main tourist attractions: the Palacio de Cortés (now a history museum) and the Catedral de la Asunción.

    In Morelos, Cuernavaca springs eternal

  • As the day progressed, "The Maltese Unicorn" began to metamorphose from joke to viable story concept.

    Howard Hughes and the Ghost of Better Times

  • Most important, Slawenski is able to answer a literary question Hamilton posed in 1988: How did the post-war author of such lax, immature stories as the ones published in Cosmopolitan and Good Housekeeping metamorphose into the ironic, controlled creator of "For Esme" and other masterworks in "Nine Stories"?

    Kenneth Slawenski's biography of J.D. Salinger

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