mutate

verb
mu·​tate | \ ˈmyü-ˌtāt How to pronounce mutate (audio) , myü-ˈtāt How to pronounce mutate (audio) \
mutated; mutating

Definition of mutate

transitive verb

: to cause to undergo mutation

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Other Words from mutate

mutative \ ˈmyü-​ˌtā-​tiv How to pronounce mutative (audio) , -​tə-​tiv How to pronounce mutative (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for mutate

Synonyms

change, fluctuate, shift, snap, vary

Antonyms

plateau, stabilize

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Examples of mutate in a Sentence

a disease that mutates genes in humans a group of mutated genes Over time, her feelings mutated from hatred into love. opera singers mutating into pop stars
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After one cell mutates, scientists found, all its descendants inherit that mutation. New York Times, "Every Cell in Your Body Has the Same DNA. Except It Doesn’t.," 21 May 2018 The latest conquest by the government comes as Syria marks the seventh anniversary of the initially peaceful uprising against Assad that quickly mutated into a raging war. Washington Post, "Syrians stream out of a Damascus suburb as it is overrun by government forces," 15 Mar. 2018 The cancer is now present worldwide, still carrying the genome, much mutated but still identifiable, of that original host dog. James Gorman, New York Times, "The Lost Dogs of the Americas," 5 July 2018 After researchers identify the strains likely to cause the most trouble each year, viruses can mutate, and strains that researchers didn't anticipate can become prevalent. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "The 2019 Flu Season May Be as Deadly as 2018's — Here's How to Prepare Yourself," 3 Oct. 2018 But the Mexican election reflects the constantly mutating ways social media can be weaponized against democracy — and the immensity of Facebook's global challenge. chicagotribune.com, "Facebook's battle against fake news reaches Mexico ahead of July 1 election," 23 June 2018 The problem is, OPV uses a live, weakened form of the poliovirus to confer immunity, and on extremely rare occasions, that virus can mutate and actually cause the disease. Time, "How Nigeria's Start-Stop Immunization Battle Is Winning the War to Eradicate Polio in Africa," 5 May 2018 Flu viruses readily mutate, so the strains contained in vaccines may not precisely match circulating viruses, reducing the effectiveness of the immunization. Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, "Six Feet, 48 Hours, 10 Days: How to Avoid Flu," 4 Jan. 2019 Just like our other DNA, our mitochondrial DNA can mutate, leading to the production of faulty proteins. Radhika Viswanathan, Vox, "3 biological parents, 1 child, and an international controversy," 24 July 2018

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First Known Use of mutate

1818, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for mutate

Latin mutatus, past participle of mutare

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mutate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of mutate

: to cause (a gene) to change and create an unusual characteristic in a plant or animal : to cause mutation in (a gene)
: to change and cause an unusual characteristic to develop in a plant or animal
: to change into something very different

mutate

verb
mu·​tate | \ ˈmyü-ˌtāt How to pronounce mutate (audio) \
mutated; mutating

Kids Definition of mutate

: to undergo genetic mutation

mutate

verb
mu·​tate | \ ˈmyü-ˌtāt How to pronounce mutate (audio) , myü-ˈ How to pronounce mutate (audio) \
mutated; mutating

Medical Definition of mutate

transitive verb

: to cause to undergo mutation

Other Words from mutate

mutative \ ˈmyü-​ˌtāt-​iv How to pronounce mutative (audio) , ˈmyüt-​ət-​ How to pronounce mutative (audio) \ adjective

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