intransitive verb-·phosed·, -·phos·ing
to change in form or nature; transform; subject to or undergo metamorphosis or metamorphism
Origin of metamorphoseFrench métamorphoser
verbmet·a·mor·phosed, met·a·mor·phos·ing, met·a·mor·phos·es
- To change into a wholly different form or appearance; transform: “His eyes turned bloodshot, and he was metamorphosed into a raging fiend” ( Jack London ) See Synonyms at convert.
- To cause to undergo metamorphosis or metamorphism.
- To be changed or transformed: “the man whom he would be if he could become, metamorphose into, the lover, the husband” ( William Faulkner )
- To undergo metamorphosis or metamorphism.
Origin of metamorphoseFrench métamorphoser from Old French from metamorphose metamorphosis from Latin metamorphōsis ; see metamorphosis .
(third-person singular simple present metamorphoses, present participle metamorphosing, simple past and past participle metamorphosed)