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[trans-myoot, tranz-] /trænsˈmyut, trænz-/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), transmuted, transmuting.
to change from one nature, substance, form, or condition into another; transform.
Origin of transmute
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin trānsmūtāre to shift, equivalent to trāns- trans- + mūtāre to change.
Related forms
transmutable, adjective
transmutability, transmutableness, noun
transmutably, adverb
transmuter, noun
untransmutability, noun
untransmutable, adjective
untransmutableness, noun
untransmutably, adverb
untransmuted, adjective
metamorphose, convert, alter. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for transmute
  • 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.
  • Usually this will transmute a seemingly dull play into a living, appealing work of art.
  • These neutrons are of high value because they can be used to transmute neighboring atoms by neutron capture.
  • In this nuclear fusion reaction, nuclei capture protons and transmute into a heavier element, releasing energy in the process.
  • The first job-and it is not a simple one-is to transmute the photographs into a three- or six-view drawing properly dimensioned.
  • It thus appears that a higher power will transmute more of the initial actinide inventory.
British Dictionary definitions for transmute


verb (transitive)
to change the form, character, or substance of
to alter (an element, metal, etc) by alchemy
Derived Forms
transmutability, noun
transmutable, adjective
transmutably, adverb
transmuter, noun
Word Origin
C15: via Old French from Latin transmūtāre to shift, from trans- + mūtāre to change
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Word Origin and History for transmute

early 15c., from Latin transmutare, from trans- (see trans-) + mutare (see mutable). Related: Transmuted; transmuting.

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