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[pur-myoo-teyt, per-myoo-teyt]
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verb (used with object), per·mu·tat·ed, per·mu·tat·ing.
  1. to cause (something) to undergo permutation.
  2. to arrange (items) in a different sequence.
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Origin of permutate

1590–1600; < Latin permūtātus, past participle of permūtāre to permute; see -ate1
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British Dictionary definitions for permutate


  1. to alter the sequence or arrangement (of); treat by permutationendlessly permutating three basic designs
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Word Origin and History for permutate


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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