Transmute Trans*mute", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Transmuted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Transmuting}.] [L. transmutare, transmutatum; trans across + mutare to change. See {Mutable}, and cf. {Transmew}.] To change from one nature, form, or substance, into another; to transform. [1913 Webster]

The caresses of parents and the blandishments of friends transmute us into idols. --Buckminster. [1913 Webster]

Transmuting sorrow into golden joy Free from alloy. --H. Smith. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

(from one form or nature into another),

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  • transmute — (v.) early 15c., from L. transmutare, from trans (see TRANS (Cf. trans )) + mutare (see MUTABLE (Cf. mutable)). Related: Transmuted; transmuting …   Etymology dictionary

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  • transmute — UK [trænzˈmjuːt] / US [trænzˈmjut] verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms transmute : present tense I/you/we/they transmute he/she/it transmutes present participle transmuting past tense transmuted past participle transmuted formal to change… …   English dictionary

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  • transmute — verb (transmuted; transmuting) Etymology: Middle English, from Latin transmutare, from trans + mutare to change more at mutable Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. to change or alter in form, appearance, or nature and especially to a higher… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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