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1. To change the outward form or appearance of; to metamorphose; to transform.

2. Especially, to change to something exalted and glorious; to give an ideal form to. [Jesus] was transfigured before them; and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. (Matt. Xvii. 2)

Origin: F. Transfigurer, L. Transfigurare, transfiguratum; trans across, over _ figurare to form, shape. See Figure.