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Definition of mutate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    mutate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//mjuːˈteɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmjuːteɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they mutate
    BrE BrE//mjuːˈteɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmjuːteɪt//
     
    he / she / it mutates
    BrE BrE//mjuːˈteɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmjuːteɪts//
     
    past simple mutated
    BrE BrE//mjuːˈteɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmjuːteɪtɪd//
     
    past participle mutated
    BrE BrE//mjuːˈteɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmjuːteɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form mutating
    BrE BrE//mjuːˈteɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmjuːteɪtɪŋ//
     
    Genetic engineering
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] (biology) to develop or make something develop a new form or structure, because of a genetic change mutate (into something) the ability of the virus to mutate into new forms mutate something mutated genes See related entries: Genetic engineering
  2. 2[intransitive] mutate (into something) to change into a new form Rhythm and blues mutated into rock and roll. see also mutation
  3. Word Origin early 19th cent.: back-formation from mutation.Extra examples Scientists have been able to replace the mutated gene with a normal one. We are studying the ability of the virus to mutate into new forms. to mutate into a monster/​a writhing, biting snake/​rotting vegetation
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: mutate