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English definition of “mutate”

mutate

verb [I] uk   /mjuːˈteɪt/ us  
to develop new physical characteristics because of a permanent change in the genes. These changes can happen naturally or can be produced by the use of chemicals or radiation: These bacteria have mutated into forms that are resistant to certain drugs. to change from one thing or type of thing into another: Jon has mutated from an awkward teenager into a sophisticated young man.
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