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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.
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 transmuted
  • 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.
  • With a thinking pen, he has transmuted illustrations into museum pieces.
  • The manner in which naturally-occurring radioactive atoms are changed or transmuted by emitting radiation has been discussed.
  • As a result, cases more properly handled in a civil proceeding often are transmuted into criminal proceedings.
British Dictionary definitions for transmuted


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 transmuted



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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