[ 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 mutatemu·ta·tive [myoo-tuh-tiv] /ˈmyu tə tɪv/, adjectivenon·mu·ta·tive, adjectiveun·mu·tat·ed, adjectiveun·mu·ta·tive, adjective
Words nearby mutate
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British Dictionary definitions for mutative
/ (mjuːˈteɪt) /
to undergo or cause to undergo mutation
Derived forms of mutatemutative (ˈmjuːtətɪv, mjuːˈteɪtɪv), adjective
Word Origin for mutate
C19: from Latin mūtātus changed, from mūtāre to change
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