To transfigure is to change or alter something, often so that it becomes even more amazing or beautiful. That colorful mural you painted really transfigures your bedroom!

Transfigure has a Latin root, transfigurare, "change the shape of." While its meaning is similar to transform, there's usually an additional sense of "make better" in transfigure. When you come home dirty and tired after a camping trip, a hot shower and clean clothes will transfigure you. And adding grated cheese, chopped basil, and a drizzle of good olive oil can transfigure a simple dish of pasta.

Definitions of transfigure

v change completely the nature or appearance of

“The treatment and diet transfigured her into a beautiful young woman”
“Jesus was transfigured after his resurrection”
metamorphose, transmogrify
Type of:
change by reversal, reverse, turn
change to the contrary

v elevate or idealize, in allusion to Christ's transfiguration

glorify, spiritualize
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

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