permute [per-myoot] ExamplesWord Origin verb (used with object), per·mut·ed, per·mut·ing.

  1. to alter; change.
  2. Mathematics. to subject to permutation.

Origin of permute 1350–1400; Middle English Latin permūtāre to change throughout. See per-, mutate Related formsper·mut·a·ble, adjectiveper·mut·a·bil·i·ty, per·mut·a·ble·ness, nounper·mut·a·bly, adverbper·mut·er, noun Examples from the Web for permute Historical Examples of permute

  • En latin, cette lettre so permute frquemment avec le d: attulit pour adtulit.

    The Catholic World. Volume II; Numbers 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12.

    E. Rameur

  • British Dictionary definitions for permute permute verb (tr)

    1. to change the sequence of
    2. maths to subject to permutation

    Derived Formspermutable, adjectivepermutability or permutableness, nounpermutably, adverbWord Origin for permute C14: from Latin permūtāre, from per- + mūtāre to change, alter Word Origin and History for permute v.

    late 14c., “to change one for another,” from French permuter or directly from Latin permutare “to change thoroughly” (see permutation). Mathematical sense from 1878.

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