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
Eventually, however, that simple idea transmuted into complex collateralised
  debt obligations and lower lending standards.
Even the gentle art of tapestry itself was transmuted into violence.
Hogs and steers, coal and iron, were transmuted into multifarious products by
  new and ruthless means.
Many word-ideas die quickly at this point, or are transmuted or sharpened.
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