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transmute

[trans-myoot, tranz-]
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verb (used with or without object), trans·mut·ed, trans·mut·ing.
  1. to change from one nature, substance, form, or condition into another; transform.
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Origin of transmute

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin trānsmūtāre to shift, equivalent to trāns- trans- + mūtāre to change.
Related formstrans·mut·a·ble, adjectivetrans·mut·a·bil·i·ty, trans·mut·a·ble·ness, nountrans·mut·a·bly, adverbtrans·mut·er, nounun·trans·mut·a·bil·i·ty, nounun·trans·mut·a·ble, adjectiveun·trans·mut·a·ble·ness, nounun·trans·mut·a·bly, adverbun·trans·mut·ed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for transmutable

transmute

verb (tr)
  1. to change the form, character, or substance of
  2. to alter (an element, metal, etc) by alchemy
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Derived Formstransmutability, nountransmutable, adjectivetransmutably, adverbtransmuter, noun

Word Origin

C15: via Old French from Latin transmūtāre to shift, from trans- + mūtāre to change
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Word Origin and History for transmutable

transmute

v.

early 15c., from Latin transmutare, from trans- (see trans-) + mutare (see mutable). Related: Transmuted; transmuting.

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