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mutate

[myoo-teyt] /ˈmyu teɪt/
verb (used with object), mutated, mutating.
1.
to change; alter.
2.
Phonetics. to change by umlaut.
verb (used without object), mutated, mutating.
3.
to change; undergo mutation.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20; < Latin mūtātus, past participle of mūtare to change; see -ate1
Related forms
mutative
[myoo-tuh-tiv] /ˈmyu tə tɪv/ (Show IPA),
adjective
nonmutative, adjective
unmutated, adjective
unmutative, adjective
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Examples for mutate
  • 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.
  • They can also mutate the genes that regulate their multiplication, to step up the rate.
  • Experts fear the disease will mutate into a form that can leap between humans and sweep populations with no immunity.
  • Borders everywhere attract violence, violence prompts fences, and eventually fences can mutate into walls.
  • Targeting endothelial cells has some advantages: these cells are genetically stable, meaning that they do not mutate.
  • In addition, cyber crime seemed to mutate into new enigmatic forms, forcing bewildered police to learn new tricks.
  • Moreover, if even a fairly benign form of the virus becomes endemic, new strains could always mutate again to virulence.
British Dictionary definitions for mutate

mutate

/mjuːˈteɪt/
verb
1.
to undergo or cause to undergo mutation
Derived Forms
mutative (ˈmjuːtətɪv; mjuːˈteɪtɪv) adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Latin mūtātus changed, from mūtāre to change
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Word Origin and History for mutate
mutate
"to change state or condition," 1818 (in genetic sense, 1913), from L. mutatus (see mutation). Related: Mutated.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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