Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “transmute”

See all translations

transmute

verb [I or T, usually + adv/prep] uk   /trænzˈmjuːt/ us    /træns-/ formal or specialized
to change something completely, especially into something different and better: A few centuries ago alchemists thought they could transmute lead into gold. Plutonium transmutes into/to uranium when it is processed in a nuclear reactor.
transmutation
noun [C or U] uk   /ˌtrænz.mjuːˈteɪ.ʃən/ us    /ˌtræns-/
Translations of “transmute”
in Chinese (Traditional) 徹底改變(尤指變成更好的他物)…
in Chinese (Simplified) 彻底改变(尤指变成更好的他物)…
(Definition of transmute from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of transmute?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Word of the Day

luck out

to be very lucky

Word of the Day

Think long and hard; the language of decisions

by Liz Walter,
January 28, 2015
One of the best ways (perhaps the best way) to improve your English is to learn how words go together in phrases, idioms, or other patterns such as verb/noun or adjective/noun pairs (often called ‘collocations’). This blog looks at some useful phrases and collocations connected with the subject of decisions, something we

Read More 

micro pig noun

January 26, 2015
an extremely small pig, bred to be a pet Micro pigs have become popular pets recently, with famous owners including Victoria Beckham, Paris Hilton and Olympic diver, Tom Daley.

Read More