transform, the broadest in scope of these terms, implies a change either in external form or in inner nature, in function, etc. she was transformed into a happy girl; transmute, from its earlier use in alchemy, suggests a change in basic nature that seems almost miraculous transmuted from a shy youth into a sophisticated man about town; convert implies a change in details so as to be suitable for a new use to convert an attic into an apartment; metamorphose suggests a startling change produced as if by magic or a fundamental change in form and function a tadpole is metamorphosed into a frog; transfigure implies a change in outward appearance which seems to exalt or glorify his whole being was transfigured by love
To change into a different form, substance, or state:convert, metamorphose, mutate, transfigure, translate, transmogrify, transmute, transpose, transubstantiate. See change
To bring about a radical change in:metamorphose, revolutionize. See change
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