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Definition of mutate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they mutate
    he / she / it mutates
    past simple mutated
    -ing form mutating
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] 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
  2. 2[intransitive] mutate (into something) to change into a new form Rhythm and blues mutated into rock and roll. see also mutation
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: mutate