- to cause (something) to undergo permutation.
- to arrange (items) in a different sequence.
Origin of permutate
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- to alter the sequence or arrangement (of); treat by permutationendlessly permutating three basic designs
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1898 in modern use, "change the order of," from Latin permutatus, past participle of permutare (see permutation). "Probably regarded by those who use it as a back-formation from permutation" [OED]. Related: Permutated; permutating.
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