transmute

[trans-myoot, tranz-]
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), transmuted, transmuting.
to change from one nature, substance, form, or condition into another; transform.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English < Latin trānsmūtāre to shift, equivalent to trāns- trans- + mūtāre to change.

transmutable, adjective
transmutability, transmutableness, noun
transmutably, adverb
transmuter, noun
untransmutability, noun
untransmutable, adjective
untransmutableness, noun
untransmutably, adverb
untransmuted, adjective


metamorphose, convert, alter.
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transmute (trænzˈmjuːt)
 
vb
1.  to change the form, character, or substance of
2.  to alter (an element, metal, etc) by alchemy
 
[C15: via Old French from Latin transmūtāre to shift, from trans- + mūtāre to change]
 
transmuta'bility
 
n
 
trans'mutable
 
adj
 
trans'mutably
 
adv
 
trans'muter
 
n

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Example sentences
In medieval times, alchemists used an alembic when they tried to transmute base metals into gold.
The story pivots around a group of people with the ability to transmute matter into new substances.
It was a time when, according to his manifesto, his political views began to transmute.
They also transmute the book's surreal nightmare tropes into moments of genuine anguish.
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