per·​mute pər-ˈmyüt How to pronounce permute (audio)
permuted; permuting

transitive verb

: to change the order or arrangement of
especially : to arrange in all possible ways
permutable adjective

Word History


Middle English, to exchange, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French permuter, from Latin permutare, from per- + mutare to change — more at mutable

First Known Use

1878, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of permute was in 1878

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Cite this Entry

“Permute.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

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