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mutate

[myoo-teyt] /ˈmyu teɪt/
verb (used with object), mutated, mutating.
1.
to change; alter.
2.
Phonetics. to change by umlaut.
verb (used without object), mutated, mutating.
3.
to change; undergo mutation.
Origin of mutate
1810-1820
1810-20; < Latin mūtātus, past participle of mūtare to change; see -ate1
Related forms
mutative
[myoo-tuh-tiv] /ˈmyu tə tɪv/ (Show IPA),
adjective
nonmutative, adjective
unmutated, adjective
unmutative, adjective
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  • But the average wing-length of the offspring of the two mutating individuals will be 20 inches.

    The Making of Species Douglas Dewar
  • The great majority, however, are not at present in the mutating state.

    The Making of Species Douglas Dewar
  • The classical example of a mutating plant is the evening primrose of the species Oenothera lamarckiana.

    The Making of Species Douglas Dewar
  • De Vries cites several other instances of plants in a mutating state.

    The Making of Species Douglas Dewar
  • The name mutations or mutating variability is then given to the changes in the specific characters.

    Darwin and Modern Science A.C. Seward and Others
  • We can, says De Vries, ascertain only by experiment which plants are in the mutating state and which are not.

    The Making of Species Douglas Dewar
  • These instances would seem to indicate that cattle are what De Vries would call “in a mutating state” in that part of the world.

    The Making of Species Douglas Dewar
British Dictionary definitions for mutating

mutate

/mjuːˈteɪt/
verb
1.
to undergo or cause to undergo mutation
Derived Forms
mutative (ˈmjuːtətɪv; mjuːˈteɪtɪv) adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Latin mūtātus changed, from mūtāre to change
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Word Origin and History for mutating

mutate

v.

"to change state or condition," 1818, back-formation from mutation. In genetic sense, 1913, from Latin mutatus, past participle of mutare "to change" (see mutable). Related: Mutated; mutating.

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