transmute


trans·mute

verb \tran(t)s-ˈmyüt, tranz-\

: to completely change the form, appearance, or nature of (someone or something)

trans·mutedtrans·mut·ing

Full Definition of TRANSMUTE

transitive verb
1
:  to change or alter in form, appearance, or nature and especially to a higher form
2
:  to subject (as an element) to transmutation
intransitive verb
:  to undergo transmutation
trans·mut·able \-ˈmyü-tə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of TRANSMUTE

  1. The stories of their lives were transmuted into works of fiction.
  2. The former criminal had transmuted into a national hero.

Origin of TRANSMUTE

Middle English, from Latin transmutare, from trans- + mutare to change — more at mutable
First Known Use: 15th century

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