transmute

[ trans-myoot, tranz- ]
/ trænsˈmyut, trænz- /

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 forms

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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

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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