trans·mute (trăns-myt, trănz-)
v. trans·mut·ed, trans·mut·ing, trans·mutes
To change from one form, nature, substance, or state into another; transform: Alchemists tried to transmute lead into gold. See Synonyms at convert.
To undergo transmutation.
[Middle English transmuten, from Latin trānsmūtāre : trāns-, trans- + mūtāre, to change; see mei-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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