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Definition of metamorphose verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

metamorphose

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˌmetəˈmɔːfəʊz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmetəˈmɔːrfoʊz//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they metamorphose
BrE BrE//ˌmetəˈmɔːfəʊz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmetəˈmɔːrfoʊz//
 
he / she / it metamorphoses
BrE BrE//ˌmetəˈmɔːfəʊzɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmetəˈmɔːrfoʊzɪz//
 
past simple metamorphosed
BrE BrE//ˌmetəˈmɔːfəʊzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmetəˈmɔːrfoʊzd//
 
past participle metamorphosed
BrE BrE//ˌmetəˈmɔːfəʊzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmetəˈmɔːrfoʊzd//
 
-ing form metamorphosing
BrE BrE//ˌmetəˈmɔːfəʊzɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmetəˈmɔːrfoʊzɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive, transitive] metamorphose (something/somebody) (from something) (into something) (formal) to change or make something/somebody change into something completely different, especially over a period of time synonym transform The caterpillar will eventually metamorphose into a butterfly. Word Origin late 16th cent.: from French métamorphoser, from métamorphose via Latin from Greek metamorphōsis, from metamorphoun ‘transform, change shape’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: metamorphose