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

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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 Gamers' impatience—the release date had been postponed once already—begins to mutate into indignation. Darryn King, Wired, "The Last of Us Part II and Its Crisis-Strewn Path to Release," 10 June 2020 One larger goal behind the Princeton lab’s experiments is to better understand the motion of bacteria in various environments, which could help elucidate how microbes mutate to develop antibiotic resistance, says Austin. Sophia Chen, Wired, "These Bacteria Ate Their Way Through a Really Tricky Maze," 9 June 2020 As viruses mutate into new strains, their RNA changes, so scientists can find their spot on the family tree and figure out where a particular version of the virus originated. Lina Zeldovich/undark, Popular Science, "COVID-19 surface tests can’t make public spaces safe just yet," 15 May 2020 That makes sense, so long as the spike does not mutate much. oregonlive, "Coronavirus immunity seems to be limited, and that has consequences for vaccines and antibody tests," 13 May 2020 Catching influenza, on the other hand, doesn't do much to protect you from next year's flu wave, because the flu virus mutates quickly, and because the body starts to wind down production of flu antibodies after six months or so. Matt Jancer, Wired, "Everything We Know About Covid-19 Antibody Tests (So Far)," 5 May 2020 Flu shots have to be given every year because the influenza virus mutates. Nicole Brown, CBS News, "What we know — and don't know — about immunity to the coronavirus," 1 May 2020 In the mid-2000s, planners began to focus on the possibility that the highly virulent H5N1 bird flu would mutate to become easily transmissible among humans. Andrew Lakoff, The Conversation, "Coronavirus: Strategic National Stockpile was ready, but not for this," 2 Apr. 2020 Scientists say the virus is not mutating quickly, suggesting a vaccine would offer lasting protection against it. Eliza Mackintosh, CNN, "What you need to know about coronavirus on Wednesday, March 25," 25 Mar. 2020

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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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The first known use of mutate was in 1818

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4 Jul 2020

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“Mutate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mutate. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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mutate

verb
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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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