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.

Origin of mutate

1810–20; < Latin mūtātus, past participle of mūtare to change; see -ate1
Related formsmu·ta·tive [myoo-tuh-tiv] /ˈmyu tə tɪv/, adjectivenon·mu·ta·tive, adjectiveun·mu·tat·ed, adjectiveun·mu·ta·tive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for mutated

modify, alter, vary, change, anomaly, mutant, mutation

Examples from the Web for mutated

Contemporary Examples of mutated

Historical Examples of mutated

  • At any rate there was a virus—and he mutated it rather than the bacteria.


    Jesse Franklin Bone

  • You have recognized that we are not mutated members of your race.

    Missing Link

    Frank Patrick Herbert

  • Yet it was possible that they had mutated beyond genetic compatibility.

    The Lani People

    J. F. Bone

  • Either accident or a mutated gene had warped his spine, hunching him forward in eternally bent supplication.

    Planet of the Damned

    Harry Harrison

  • Bacteria was piped in, first the known germ diseases, then mutated species.

    Diplomatic Immunity

    Robert Sheckley

British Dictionary definitions for mutated



to undergo or cause to undergo mutation
Derived Formsmutative (ˈmjuːtətɪv, mjuːˈteɪtɪv), adjective

Word Origin for mutate

C19: from Latin mūtātus changed, from mūtāre to change
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Word Origin and History for mutated



"to change state or condition," 1818, back-formation from mutation. In genetic sense, 1913, from Latin mutatus, past participle of mutare "to change" (see mutable). Related: Mutated; mutating.

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