permute

[ per-myoot ]
/ pərˈmyut /
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verb (used with object), per·mut·ed, per·mut·ing.

to alter; change.
Mathematics. to subject to permutation.

Nearby words

  1. permittivity,
  2. permonosulfuric acid,
  3. permutate,
  4. permutation,
  5. permutation group,
  6. pernambuco,
  7. pernancy,
  8. pernicious,
  9. pernicious anaemia,
  10. pernicious anemia

Origin of permute

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin permūtāre to change throughout. See per-, mutate

Related formsper·mut·a·ble, adjectiveper·mut·a·bil·i·ty, per·mut·a·ble·ness, nounper·mut·a·bly, adverbper·mut·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for permute

permute

/ (pəˈmjuːt) /

verb (tr)

to change the sequence of
maths to subject to permutation
Derived Formspermutable, adjectivepermutability or permutableness, nounpermutably, adverb

Word Origin for permute

C14: from Latin permūtāre, from per- + mūtāre to change, alter

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Word Origin and History for permute

permute

v.

late 14c., "to change one for another," from French permuter or directly from Latin permutare "to change thoroughly" (see permutation). Mathematical sense from 1878.

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