verb (used with object), mutated, mutating.
to change; alter.
Phonetics. to change by umlaut.
verb (used without object), mutated, mutating.
to change; undergo mutation.

1810–20; < Latin mūtātus, past participle of mūtare to change; see -ate1

mutative [myoo-tuh-tiv] , adjective
nonmutative, adjective
unmutated, adjective
unmutative, adjective Unabridged
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mutate (mjuːˈteɪt)
to undergo or cause to undergo mutation
[C19: from Latin mūtātus changed, from mūtāre to change]

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Word Origin & History

"to change state or condition," 1818 (in genetic sense, 1913), from L. mutatus (see mutation). Related: Mutated.
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Example sentences
In this way, they didn't really mutate and evolve into an entirely new species.
Because the loops are all different lengths, the loops overlap and mutate and
  swell, never repeating in the same way.
Many bird species were housed together in the markets, an ideal environment for
  genes from different viruses to mix and mutate.
But safe bacteria have been known to mutate with unforeseen results.
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