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[pur-myoo-teyt, per-myoo-teyt] /ˈpɜr myʊˌteɪt, pərˈmyu teɪt/

verb (used with object), permutated, permutating.
to cause (something) to undergo permutation.
to arrange (items) in a different sequence.
to alter the sequence or arrangement (of); treat by permutation: endlessly permutating three basic designs

1898 in modern use, “change the order of,” from Latin permutatus, past participle of permutare (see permutation). “Probably regarded by those who use it as a back-formation from permutation” [OED]. Related: Permutated; permutating.


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