mutate

verb

mutated; mutating

transitive verb

: to cause to undergo mutation
mutative adjective

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
Recent Examples on the Web The film, which was nominated for 12 Cesar Awards, tells the story of an infection that mutates humans into animal hybrids. Jaden Thompson, Variety, 25 Jan. 2024 Godzilla, who became a star once nuclear tests mutated him into a skyscraper-size monster who could destroy buildings and tanks with his atomic breath, made his film debut in 1954’s Godzilla. Vulture, 23 Jan. 2024 The attack was one of three high-profile massacres this month in Guanajuato state, an industrial and agricultural hub that in recent years has mutated into a battleground for organized crime. Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times, 31 Dec. 2023 This is the complex story of a simple sound — a beat that has resisted definition and mutated across artists, borders and subgenres. Leslie Shapiro, Washington Post, 1 Feb. 2024 The illicit fentanyl supply chain can be compared to a virus — a microscopic organism that can mutate and infect many hosts. Christopher Tang and Thomas Choi, Twin Cities, 13 Jan. 2024 The SARS-CoV-2 virus has evolved and mutated, though, since the initial vaccines became available. Ayana Byrd, Health, 7 Jan. 2024 But one antiviral appears to be backfiring—allowing SARS-CoV-2 more opportunities to mutate. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 26 Sep. 2023 With the rise of the internet and social media—all pioneered by American companies—America mutated from the nation of missiles and McDonalds to that of the World Wide Web and integrated circuits. TIME, 9 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Latin mutatus, past participle of mutare

First Known Use

1818, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of mutate was in 1818

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Cite this Entry

“Mutate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mutate. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

mutate

verb
mu·​tate ˈmyü-ˌtāt How to pronounce mutate (audio)
mutated; mutating
: to undergo or cause to undergo mutation

Medical Definition

mutate

verb
mutated; mutating

transitive verb

: to cause to undergo mutation
mutative adjective

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