Transmute is a verb meaning to change in appearance or form. For example, magical creatures can transmute into other beings. When you're fighting a wizard, don’t be surprised if he transmutes into a terrifying dragon.

More realistically, you, too, can transmute your appearance — by dying your hair, piercing your nose, or changing your style of dress. Transmute often describes physical change — like when alchemists tried to transmute lead into gold — but it can also be used more figuratively to describe anything that's transformed. For example, you might transmute your sketchy memories of growing up in Boston into the Great American Novel.

Definitions of transmute

v change or alter in form, appearance, or nature

transform, transubstantiate
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change (the Eucharist bread and wine) into the body and blood of Christ
sorcerise, sorcerize
transform or change by means of sorcery
stalinise, stalinize
transform in accordance with Stalin's policies
destalinise, destalinize
counteract the effects and policies of Stalinism
process, work, work on
shape, form, or improve a material
roll, press, forge, or shape (metal) while hot
cold work, coldwork
shape (metal) without heat
use too much
make over, retread, rework
use again in altered form
work on a rack
work with a tool
work land as by ploughing, harrowing, and manuring, in order to make it ready for cultivation
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alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v change in outward structure or looks

metamorphose, transform
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transform into gold
become, turn
undergo a change or development
boil down, come down, reduce
be the essential element
choke, suffocate
become stultified, suppressed, or stifled
form into a nucleus
add up, amount, come
develop into
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undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

v alter the nature of (elements)

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alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

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