Definition of mutate in English:


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  • 1Change or cause to change in form or nature.

    no object ‘technology continues to mutate at an alarming rate’
    • ‘the quick-dry solution really worked, even if it did mutate the skin on her fingers to reptilian scales’
    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’



/ˈmyo͞otāt/ /ˈmjuteɪt/


Early 19th century back-formation from mutation.