verb (used with object), mu·tat·ed, mu·tat·ing.
to change; alter.
Phonetics. to change by umlaut.
verb (used without object), mu·tat·ed, mu·tat·ing.
to change; undergo mutation.
Read more in this article about some frequently asked questions and fun facts related to our definitions.
Lexical Investigations: Outlier
Outlier was such a useful and long-established term that, in 1865, geologists coined inlier, so that they could have a contrasting word with the opposite meaning. So why has inlier fallen into disuse today? Maybe it’s because people and things that exist outside the mainstream are inherently more interesting, and therefore are more talked about. Today, outlier can refer to a political maverick, a musical prodigy, …
Origin of mutate
1810–20; < Latin mūtātus, past participle of mūtare to change; see -ate1
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for mutate
Historical Examples of mutate
He said, "Then, any survivors on earth will have to mutate into something other than mankind?"Deepfreeze
Robert Donald Locke
to undergo or cause to undergo mutation
Word Origin for mutate
C19: from Latin mūtātus changed, from 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
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper