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Friday, November 23, 2001

Definitions for transmute

  1. To change from one nature, form, substance, or state into another; to transform.
  2. To undergo transmutation.

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Citations for transmute
It now seems as if she no longer had the strength or will to transmute life into art. Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, New York Times
Sand that once was rock becomes rock once again as it slowly sediments and compresses into layers of sandstone, which, in turn, transmute into sand. Lena Lencek and Gideon Bosker, The Beach: The History of Paradise on Earth
Origin of transmute
late Middle English
Transmute is from Latin transmutare, "to change utterly," from trans-, "across" + mutare, "to change."