[ myoo-teyt ]
/ 藞myu te瑟t /
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verb (used with object), mu路tat路ed, mu路tat路ing.
to change; alter.
Biology. to cause (a gene, cell, etc.) to undergo an alteration of one or more characteristics: The disease mutates the retina鈥檚 rod cells, and they slowly stop working.
Phonetics. to change by umlaut.
verb (used without object), mu路tat路ed, mu路tat路ing.
to undergo change: It was a gamble to mutate from hard rock frontman to big band crooner, but he went seriously retro and won that bet in a huge way.
Biology. (of a gene, cell, etc.) to undergo an alteration of one or more characteristics: Drug-resistant cells mutate more quickly and could migrate into surrounding tissue.
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Origin of mutate

First recorded in 1810鈥20; from Latin m奴t膩tus, past participle of m奴tare 鈥渢o change鈥; see -ate1


mu路ta路tive [myoo-tuh-tiv], /藞myu t蓹 t瑟v/, adjectivenon路mu路ta路tive, adjectiveun路mu路tat路ed, adjectiveun路mu路ta路tive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for mutate

/ (mju藧藞te瑟t) /

to undergo or cause to undergo mutation

Derived forms of mutate

mutative (藞mju藧t蓹t瑟v, mju藧藞te瑟t瑟v), adjective

Word Origin for mutate

C19: from Latin m奴t膩tus changed, from m奴t膩re to change
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