transmute

Transmute is a verb meaning to change in appearance or form. For example, magical creatures can transmute into other beings. When you're fighting a wizard, don’t be surprised if he transmutes into a terrifying dragon.

More realistically, you, too, can transmute your appearance — by dying your hair, piercing your nose, or changing your style of dress. Transmute often describes physical change — like when alchemists tried to transmute lead into gold — but it can also be used more figuratively to describe anything that's transformed. For example, you might transmute your sketchy memories of growing up in Boston into the Great American Novel.

Definitions of transmute
  1. verb
    change or alter in form, appearance, or nature
    synonyms: transform, transubstantiate
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    transubstantiate
    change (the Eucharist bread and wine) into the body and blood of Christ
    sorcerise, sorcerize
    transform or change by means of sorcery
    stalinise, stalinize
    transform in accordance with Stalin's policies
    destalinise, destalinize
    counteract the effects and policies of Stalinism
    process, work, work on
    shape, form, or improve a material
    hot-work
    roll, press, forge, or shape (metal) while hot
    cold work, coldwork
    shape (metal) without heat
    overwork
    use too much
    make over, retread, rework
    use again in altered form
    rack
    work on a rack
    tool
    work with a tool
    till
    work land as by ploughing, harrowing, and manuring, in order to make it ready for cultivation
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    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  2. verb
    change in outward structure or looks
    synonyms: metamorphose, transform
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    aurify
    transform into gold
    become, turn
    undergo a change or development
    boil down, come down, reduce
    be the essential element
    choke, suffocate
    become stultified, suppressed, or stifled
    nucleate
    form into a nucleus
    add up, amount, come
    develop into
    type of:
    change
    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
  3. verb
    alter the nature of (elements)
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    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
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