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 for transmute
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Transmute \Trans*mute"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Transmuted; p.
     pr. & vb. n. Transmuting.] [L. transmutare, transmutatum;
     trans across + mutare to change. See Mutable, and cf.
     Transmew.]
     To change from one nature, form, or substance, into another;
     to transform.
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           The caresses of parents and the blandishments of
           friends transmute us into idols.         --Buckminster.
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           Transmuting sorrow into golden joy
           Free from alloy.                         --H. Smith.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  transmute
      v 1: change in outward structure or looks; "He transformed into
           a monster"; "The salesman metamorphosed into an ugly
           beetle" [syn: transform, transmute, metamorphose]
      2: change or alter in form, appearance, or nature; "This
         experience transformed her completely"; "She transformed the
         clay into a beautiful sculpture"; "transubstantiate one
         element into another" [syn: transform, transmute,
         transubstantiate]
      3: alter the nature of (elements)

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