deform-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: (Cause to) assume a (degraded) shape.

Commentary: Syntax Includes: NP1[agent] DEFORM NP2[patient] NP1[cause] DEFORM NP2[patient]

The heat deformed the plastic sculpture.
The strong man could deform an iron bar.
Leprosy deformed his body.
The sidewalk deformed during the earthquake.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: Reshaping
PropBank: deform.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Sense Number 2: Assume a different shape or form volitionally.

The Queen deformed into a vicious monster.
A wizard can deform into any shape.

VerbNet: turn-26.6.1
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 6