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[per-myoot] /pərˈmyut/

verb (used with object), permuted, permuting.
to alter; change.
Mathematics. to subject to .
verb (transitive)
to change the sequence of
(maths) to subject to permutation

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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