mutate

[ myoo-teyt ]
/ ˈmyu teɪt /

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.

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Origin of mutate

1810–20; < Latin mūtātus, past participle of mūtare to change; see -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM mutate

mu·ta·tive [myoo-tuh-tiv] /ˈmyu tə tɪv/, adjectivenon·mu·ta·tive, adjectiveun·mu·tat·ed, adjectiveun·mu·ta·tive, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for mutate

  • He said, "Then, any survivors on earth will have to mutate into something other than mankind?"

    Deepfreeze|Robert Donald Locke

British Dictionary definitions for mutate

mutate
/ (mjuːˈteɪt) /

verb

to undergo or cause to undergo mutation

Derived forms of mutate

mutative (ˈmjuːtətɪv, mjuːˈteɪtɪv), adjective

Word Origin for mutate

C19: from Latin mūtātus changed, from mūtāre to change
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