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trans·for·ma·tion

transformation

 
 
pronunciation:
traens fr meI shn [or] traenz fr meI shn
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part of speech: noun
definition: a major change in the form, shape, character, or nature of something or someone.
We were surprised by the bird's transformation from ugly duckling to beautiful swan.
 
synonyms:
metamorphosis
similar words:
change, conversion, evolution
derivation: transformational (adj.)
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The word transformation contains the following parts:
form Latin root that means shape, form
-ation Latin noun-forming suffix that means the act, process, or result of
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The suffix -ation is a compound of -ate1 + -ion. It turns verbs ending in -ate into nouns (decorate/ decoration ). Not all nouns with this suffix, however, have a corresponding verb ending in -ate (information , alteration).