[trans-myoot, tranz-]

verb (used with or without object), trans·mut·ed, trans·mut·ing.

to change from one nature, substance, form, or condition into another; transform.

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

Synonyms for transmute Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for transmute


verb (tr)

to change the form, character, or substance of
to alter (an element, metal, etc) by alchemy
Derived Formstransmutability, 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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Word Origin and History for transmute

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

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