Definition of metamorphose in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌmɛtəˈmɔːfəʊz/


1 [no object] (Of an insect or amphibian) undergo metamorphosis, especially into the adult form: feed the larvae to your fish before they metamorphose into adults
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  • Embryonic coelomic structures have specific fates as the bilaterally symmetrical larvae metamorphose into radially symmetric adults.
  • These larvae will also metamorphose into adults sooner than their long-armed brethren and thus are vulnerable to planktonic predators for a shorter period of time.
  • A larva metamorphoses into a small polyp termed the scyphistoma.
1.1Change or cause to change completely in form or nature: overnight, family houses metamorphose into bed and breakfast as 7,000 visitors roll into town
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  • His appeal discloses the ‘work’ of making early television and also very publicly admits to the nature of program metamorphoses from program department conception to a weekly show.
  • It metamorphoses, mutates, transforms with each effort to capture it, so that anything that is ‘captured’ would be anything but the beginning.
  • Metaphor adds its own changes to those botanical metamorphoses the poem celebrates descriptively.
transform, change, mutate, transmute, transfigure, convert, alter, vary, modify, remodel, recast, restyle, reconstruct, reorder, reorganize, undergo a sea change, translate
humorous transmogrify
formal transubstantiate
2 [with object] Geology Subject (rock) to metamorphism: (as adjective metamorphosed) a metamorphosed sandstone
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  • These rocks were metamorphosed during the Grampian Orogeny.
  • Two facies of regionally metamorphosed rocks that may be of either original sedimentary or igneous derivation are characterized by epidote.
  • ‘Marble’ is a general term for any kind of limestone or other carbonate rock that has been metamorphosed.


Late 16th century: from French métamorphoser, from métamorphose (see metamorphosis).

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