Definition of permute in US English:



[with object]technical
  • Submit to a process of alteration, rearrangement, or permutation.

    ‘we wish to permute the order of the bytes’
    • ‘Similarly, the vertical line of symmetry corresponds to permuting the last two columns, whose totals are both equal to 1.’
    • ‘This procedure randomly permutes trait data and recalculates LRs across all genetic intervals.’
    • ‘Its null distribution is obtained by permuting the columns of the alignment and recalculating its value several times.’
    • ‘Then homogenize: randomly permute rows and columns within the subsets that have equal totals.’
    • ‘To assess levels of significance, we permuted genotypes among populations 10,000 times.’
    improve, make better, better, ameliorate, refine, mend, rectify, correct, rehabilitate
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Late Middle English (also in the sense ‘interchange’): from Latin permutare ‘change completely’, from per- ‘through, completely’ + mutare ‘to change’.