Meaning of “transformation” in the English Dictionary

"transformation" in British English

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transformationnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˌtræns.fəˈmeɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌtræns.fɚˈmeɪ.ʃən/

C1 a complete change in the appearance or character of something or someone, especially so that that thing or person is improved:

Local people have mixed feelings about the planned transformation of their town into a regional capital.
I'd never seen Jose in a tuxedo before - it was quite a transformation.

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  • There's been a transformation in Carl since he started going out with Annie.
  • Have you seen the transformation of our garden?
  • The internet has led to a transformation in shopping habits.

(Definition of “transformation” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"transformation" in American English

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transformationnoun [ C/U ]

us /ˌtræns·fərˈmeɪ·ʃən/

a complete change in the appearance or character of something or someone:

[ C ] This plan means a complete transformation of our organization.

biology Transformation is also a permanent change in a cell that results when DNA comes from a different type of cell.

(Definition of “transformation” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"transformation" in Business English

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transformationnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˌtrænsfəˈmeɪʃən/ us

the process of changing completely the character or appearance of something in order to improve it:

Thanks to senior management's commitment to modifying planning infrastructures and processs, the company's transformation continues.
transformation of sth We're in the middle of a huge transformation of the way deforestation takes place in Amazonia.
Economic development is often accompanied by a process of transformation in corporate governance.
transformation processes/programs
a complete/major/dramatic transformation
transformation from/in/into sth Rapid advances in information technologies are central to transformations in local and global markets.
undergo/go through a transformation Many small businesses have undergone a transformation from a delivery-oriented approach to a strategy of innovation.
bring about/accomplish/make a transformation Do organizations need a crisis in order to make successful transformations?
transformation begins/takes place/occurs The organization's transformation occurred largely through HR strategic initiatives and cultural change.

the process of changing the physical or chemical properties of a substance in order to make or produce something else:

transformation into sth At the state's ethanol plant crops undergo a two-day transformation into auto fuel.

(Definition of “transformation” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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