mutate

verb
mu·​tate | \ˈmyü-ˌtāt, myü-ˈ \
mutated; mutating

Definition of mutate 

transitive verb

: to cause to undergo mutation

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Other Words from mutate

mutative \ ˈmyü-​ˌtā-​tiv , -​tə-​tiv \ 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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Scents with an atomizer hold up a bit longer than splash colognes, and fragrances composed solely from natural ingredients may fade faster and mutate more than those that use some synthetics to give them structure and consistency. John Brodie, Town & Country, "Why Some Perfumers Are Betting That Fragrance Gets Better With Age," 30 Apr. 2018 Obesity can over-stimulate the immune system to produce harmful byproducts that can mutate DNA. Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, "Don't call 'baby fat' cute. Childhood obesity increases your kids' risk of chronic disease," 26 Apr. 2018 In the face of widening evidence of Trump campaign culpability in the Russia investigation, Republicans have churned through a frequently mutating series of conspiracy theories to defend him. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s FBI Spy Theory Is Completely Insane," 23 May 2018 Drug users may sell the valuable pills, or patients may forget a few doses, allowing the virus to mutate. NBC News, "Hepatitis C cure eludes patients as states struggle with costs," 6 May 2018 The worst-case scenario occurs when a skin cell, like a melanocyte, mutates and becomes cancerous—but UV rays also cause free-radical damage in the skin, which can lead to premature aging, sun spots, and immune-system damage. Brennan Kilbane, GQ, "This Magical New Pill Reduces Long-Term Sun Damage," 7 June 2018 Antibiotic resistance occurs when a strain of bacteria mutates and develops the ability to survive the drugs intended to kill it. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "How Worried Do You Really Need to Be About So-Called ‘Super Gonorrhea'?," 31 May 2018 Related And understanding the mechanisms can help drug designers stay a step ahead of bacteria that constantly mutate and evolve new ways to resist the effects of antibiotics. NBC News, "Why some bacteria eat antibiotics and what we can do about it," 30 Apr. 2018 The long-term challenge will be making sure growers use a mixed-bag approach to reduce the likelihood that weeds will eventually mutate their way toward being able to feast on phosphite. Lynn Brezosky, San Antonio Express-News, "A&M cotton research could open new front in war on weeds," 5 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

biology : 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 \
mutated; mutating

Kids Definition of mutate

: to undergo genetic mutation

mutate

verb
mu·​tate | \ˈmyü-ˌtāt, myü-ˈ \
mutated; mutating

Medical Definition of mutate 

transitive verb

: to cause to undergo mutation

Other Words from mutate

mutative \ ˈmyü-​ˌtāt-​iv , ˈmyüt-​ət-​ \ adjective

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