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 When an image spawned, its underlying network mutated into 15 slightly different variations, each of which contributed a new image. Quanta Magazine, "Computers Evolve a New Path Toward Human Intelligence," 6 Nov. 2019 Watchmen takes place in a world where the culture wars have mutated into real violence and hate. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Watchmen Is a Blistering Modern Allegory," 21 Oct. 2019 Anger at hardship and inequality mutated in recent weeks into the scapegoating of immigrants. New York Times, "Soweto, Once Unified Against Apartheid, Is Now Divided by Wealth," 29 Sep. 2019 Still her cancer, like all cancers, was alive, a constellation of mutant cells that continued to mutate into new variations. Charles Graeber, WIRED, "How Scientists Built a ‘Living Drug’ to Beat Cancer," 25 July 2019 An antagonist named Octavo is causing trouble in Hyrule and players must defeat his four champions: instruments that were mutated into monsters. Gieson Cacho, The Mercury News, "Review: ‘Cadence of Hyrule’ moves to its own ‘Zelda’ beat," 21 June 2019 The actress’s glittering satin adornment extended sideways well past her shoulders and down to her elbows, a bow that had mutated into a pair of wings. Elizabeth Holmes, WSJ, "Can a Grown Woman Wear a Hair Bow?," 13 Feb. 2019 When tested in mice, the bacteria eventually mutated away from the genetic circuit. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From rock/paper/scissors to new cancer-fighting concept from UCSD scientists," 6 Sep. 2019 The Kivu Ebola, so far, has mutated into four lineages. Richard Preston, The New Yorker, "Is Ebola Evolving Into a More Deadly Virus?," 7 Aug. 2019

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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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16 Nov 2019

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The first known use of mutate was in 1818

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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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