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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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  • He guessed that the original limestone had clay particles on it and, when they metamorphosed, the clay particles turned into mica.
  • These bugs then entered the pupal stage and metamorphosed into moths.
  • Aggravating noise metamorphosed into calming drones.
  • No one knows what the servants have metamorphosed into.
  • And the fears of his opponents that he would quickly be metamorphosed into an authoritarian dictator have so far proved misplaced.
  • Once a growth industry, electricity companies swiftly metamorphosed into boring utilities.
  • Hers was a solitary personality, averse to self-promotion, but in old age she metamorphosed into a kind of secular saint.
  • Unfortunately as you might imagine, ophiolites are usually extensively deformed and metamorphosed.
  • Half beat poet and half cabaret chanteuse, she had metamorphosed into a testifying prophet of hypnotic power.
  • North's cover story had metamorphosed the missiles into oil-drilling parts.
British Dictionary definitions for metamorphosed


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



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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