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 mutate (audio) , -​tə-​tiv How to pronounce mutate (audio) \ adjective

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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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Recent Examples on the Web When different influenza viruses strike pigs, the genes can mutate and new viruses can develop. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 6 June 2021 The vaccine will be based on the mRNA technology proven through COVID-19 vaccines, and will target areas of the virus that can't mutate. USA Today, 5 June 2021 And this virus could mutate in ways that undermine our miraculous vaccines. NBC News, 30 May 2021 Most importantly for purposes of an HIV vaccine, mRNA does not mutate. David Hogberg, Washington Examiner, 29 Apr. 2021 The concept is especially nebulous when dealing with a virus that can mutate into different forms. Colleen Shalby, Los Angeles Times, 22 Apr. 2021 That's because the virus can mutate within individual carriers, especially immunocompromised patients. David Z. Morris, Fortune, 1 Mar. 2021 This mind-set has become alarmingly familiar to law enforcement officials now reckoning with the destructive force of conspiracy theories that mutate endlessly online and played a role in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Steve Cavendish, Star Tribune, 24 Feb. 2021 This mind-set has become alarmingly familiar to law enforcement officials now reckoning with the destructive force of conspiracy theories that mutate endlessly online and played a role in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. New York Times, 24 Feb. 2021

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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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11 Jun 2021

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“Mutate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mutate. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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 mutate (audio) , ˈmyüt-​ət-​ How to pronounce mutate (audio) \ adjective

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