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[met-uh-mawr-fohz, -fohs] /ˌmɛt əˈmɔr foʊz, -foʊs/
verb (used with object), metamorphosed, metamorphosing.
to change the form or nature of; transform.
to subject to metamorphosis or metamorphism.
verb (used without object), metamorphosed, metamorphosing.
to undergo or be capable of undergoing a change in form or nature.
Origin of metamorphose
1570-80; back formation from metamorphosis
Related forms
unmetamorphosed, adjective
1, 3. mutate, transmute. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for metamorphose
  • Sports stars don't usually metamorphose during their careers.
  • These tadpoles must grow quickly so they can metamorphose before ponds dry up in late summer.
  • They have short gill structures and often take several seasons of growth before they will metamorphose to adults.
  • Tadpoles grow quickly and may metamorphose their first year or may over winter and metamorphose their second summer.
  • They live in the upper zooplankton layer for a month and then metamorphose into pelagic juveniles.
  • Tadpoles grow quickly but do not metamorphose until their second or third summer.
  • As the snow deepens, the bottom layers metamorphose into dense ice.
British Dictionary definitions for metamorphose


to undergo or cause to undergo metamorphosis or metamorphism
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Word Origin and History for metamorphose

1570s, from Middle French métamorphoser (16c.), from métamorphose (n.), from Latin metamorphosis (see metamorphosis). Related: Metamorphosed. The Greek verb was metamorphoun.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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