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[trans-myoot, tranz-] /trænsˈmyut, trænz-/
verb (used with or without object), transmuted, transmuting.
to change from one nature, substance, form, or condition into another; transform.
Origin of transmute
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin trānsmūtāre to shift, equivalent to trāns- trans- + mūtāre to change.
Related forms
transmutable, adjective
transmutability, transmutableness, noun
transmutably, adverb
transmuter, noun
untransmutability, noun
untransmutable, adjective
untransmutableness, noun
untransmutably, adverb
untransmuted, adjective
metamorphose, convert, alter. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for transmute


verb (transitive)
to change the form, character, or substance of
to alter (an element, metal, etc) by alchemy
Derived Forms
transmutability, noun
transmutable, adjective
transmutably, adverb
transmuter, noun
Word Origin
C15: via Old French from Latin transmūtāre to shift, from trans- + mūtāre to change
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Word Origin and History for transmute

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

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