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transmute

[ trans-myoot, tranz- ]
/ trænsˈmyut, trænz- /
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verb (used with or without object), trans·mut·ed, trans·mut·ing.

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.

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British Dictionary definitions for transmute

transmute
/ (trænzˈmjuːt) /

verb (tr)

to change the form, character, or substance of
to alter (an element, metal, etc) by alchemy

Derived forms of transmute

transmutability, nountransmutable, adjectivetransmutably, adverbtransmuter, noun

Word Origin for transmute

C15: via Old French from Latin transmūtāre to shift, from trans- + mūtāre to change
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