Definition of shape-shifter in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈʃeɪpˌʃɪftə/


(Chiefly in science fiction or mythology) a person or being with the ability to change their physical form at will.
Example sentences
  • What is more, Spider-Man's enemies and locations will reflect the local customs and mythologies, beginning with Rakshasa, a mythical shape-shifter who will replace the Green Goblin.
  • The dreamer or dream-ego is an inveterate shape-shifter.
  • Vampires are shape-shifters like were-wolves.



noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • The runes prevented him from teleporting, shape-shifting, and using telepathy.
  • On this show, a square-jawed, stoic samurai warrior has been fired through a time portal by his mortal enemy, Aku, a shape-shifting wizard.
  • By that time next year, I knew her better than I knew myself, and when she passed the shape-shifting test and was given the higher-soul magic, I was not surprised to see her human frame replaced with a fine black Arabian mare phenotype.

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