[ myoo-teyt ]
/ ˈmyu teɪt /
verb (used with object), mu·tat·ed, mu·tat·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’s rod cells, and they slowly stop working.
Phonetics. to change by umlaut.
verb (used without object), mu·tat·ed, mu·tat·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 1810–20; from 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
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British Dictionary definitions for mutate
/ (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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