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transmute

[trans-myoot, tranz-]
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verb (used with or without object), trans·mut·ed, trans·mut·ing.
  1. 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.
Related formstrans·mut·a·ble, adjectivetrans·mut·a·bil·i·ty, trans·mut·a·ble·ness, nountrans·mut·a·bly, adverbtrans·mut·er, nounun·trans·mut·a·bil·i·ty, nounun·trans·mut·a·ble, adjectiveun·trans·mut·a·ble·ness, nounun·trans·mut·a·bly, adverbun·trans·mut·ed, adjective

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metamorphose, convert, alter.
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British Dictionary definitions for transmute

transmute

verb (tr)
  1. to change the form, character, or substance of
  2. to alter (an element, metal, etc) by alchemy
Derived Formstransmutability, nountransmutable, adjectivetransmutably, adverbtransmuter, noun

Word Origin

C15: via Old French from Latin transmūtāre to shift, from trans- + mūtāre to change
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for transmute

v.

early 15c., from Latin transmutare, from trans- (see trans-) + mutare (see mutable). Related: Transmuted; transmuting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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