- to change from one nature, substance, form, or condition into another; transform.
Origin of transmute
1400–50; late Middle English < Latin trānsmūtāre to shift, equivalent to trāns- trans- + mūtāre to change.
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metamorphose, convert, alter.
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- to change the form, character, or substance of
- to alter (an element, metal, etc) by alchemy
C15: via Old French from Latin transmūtāre to shift, from trans- + mūtāre to change
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Word Origin and History for transmute
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