Meaning of mutate in English:


Pronunciation /mjuːˈteɪt/

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  • 1Change in form or nature.

    ‘rhythm and blues mutated into rock and roll’
    • ‘The pigeon let out one long coo, and then, as its body began to swell and transform, the sound mutated into a low chuckle.’
    • ‘But now the perennial moaning about diving has mutated into a full-blown campaign to stamp out this malevolent practice.’
    • ‘We had our reunion yesterday, attended by 11 of us which is a good turn out, and the day trip to France has now mutated into a weekend in Paris!’
    • ‘The Glasgow-based band's debut delivers on its promises of glam-rock mutated into disco rhythms with interest.’
    • ‘But by 2005, the European agenda has mutated into making a new class of politicians more powerful.’
    • ‘Sure, by loose definition it can be called a game, but it has mutated into something much more grotesque than that.’
    • ‘Autograph hunters have gradually mutated into poison-pen letter-senders.’
    • ‘Why has our understanding of democracy mutated into nothing but an allergy to order and responsibility?’
    • ‘It developed on the east coast, mutated into different forms, spread to Europe and on.’
    • ‘In some awful way, his regard for the underdog has mutated into support for mad dogs.’
    • ‘Come next year these unexceptional throwbacks might have mutated into cunning reinventors.’
    • ‘America, once known as the land of the free and the home of the brave, has mutated into the land of the medicated and the home of the lawsuit.’
    • ‘This friendship also mutated into something more, as we already had the hugging scenes, and then this.’
    • ‘Somehow, they've mutated into characters who are colder, harder, and much less moral.’
    • ‘I mean, I have no problems with research that disprove age-old theories that already mutated into dogma.’
    • ‘Then my pleasant thoughts mutated into dark gory battlefields across the red sand.’
    • ‘He had mutated into one of the earth's most evil and cruel creatures imaginable.’
    • ‘What was once the realm of science fiction has mutated into serious debate.’
    • ‘Nowadays the car has cleverly mutated into a hatchback but even so, a bag of golfclubs is out of the question.’
    • ‘We must understand how it mutates, transforms and spreads.’
    change, metamorphose, evolve, undergo a sea change
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    1. 1.1Biology (with reference to a cell, DNA molecule, etc.) undergo or cause to undergo change in a gene or genes.
      no object ‘the virus is able to mutate into new forms that are immune to the vaccine’
      • ‘certain nucleotides were mutated’
      • ‘This gene, when mutated, severely disrupts both germ cell migration and developmental cell death.’
      • ‘Only 15 of these genes were previously known to cause a toxin phenotype when mutated.’
      • ‘If a gene on the Y chromosome mutates, that piece of the male genetic code may disappear.’
      • ‘Scientists came to understand how genes mutate, and how mutations helped make natural selection possible.’
      • ‘When a gene on a more typical chromosome mutates, the chromosome can still recombine with its twin.’


Early 19th century back-formation from mutation.