tr.v. per·mut·ed, per·mut·ing, per·mutes
1. To change the order of.
2. Mathematics To subject to permutation.
[Middle English permuten, from Old French permuter, from Latin permūtāre : per-, per- + mūtāre, to change; see mei-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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