amputate

verb
am·​pu·​tate | \ˈam-pyə-ˌtāt \
amputated; amputating

Definition of amputate 

transitive verb

: to remove by or as if by cutting especially : to cut (a part, such as a limb) from the body

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Other Words from amputate

amputation \ˌam-​pyə-​ˈtā-​shən \ noun

Examples of amputate in a Sentence

His arm was badly injured and had to be amputated.

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The soldier whose foot got amputated is the same man Kevin contacts in present-day to learn more about Jack. Eileen Reslen, Good Housekeeping, "10 Significant Moments You Missed From 'This Is Us' Last Night," 17 Oct. 2018 After becoming ill and being told he would have to have his hands and legs amputated, a friend of Greg’s started a GoFundMe page for the operations in June. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "A Man Reportedly Had His Hands and Legs Amputated Because of an Infection Caused By a Dog Lick," 1 Aug. 2018 Griffin plays with one hand after having his left hand amputated at age 4 because of amniotic band syndrome, a congenital condition. Geoffrey C. Arnold, OregonLive.com, "Seattle Seahawks Shaquem Griffin: I'm not a sentimental story," 29 Apr. 2018 The boy was rushed to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, where his leg was later amputated. Shane Dixon Kavanaugh, OregonLive.com, "Teen's leg severed after failed attempt to crawl under moving train in Washougal," 17 May 2018 He was evacuated to Beijing, where his lower legs were amputated. Time, "The Ethics of Climbing Everest: Double Amputee Xia Boyu’s Feat Fuels Debates About Who Belongs on the Roof of the World," 3 Apr. 2018 Part of Diebold's left arm was amputated last year in a fireworks accident during a fire company carnival. CBS News, "Wife speaks out after police chief charged in child sex sting," 8 Jan. 2018 Randy Harvey, a renowned umpire who has called games for more than 3 decades in college and the major leagues, had both his legs amputated after a mysterious illness that doctors still haven’t determined the source. Stephen Ruiz, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Umpires rally around Sanford peer after infection costs him his legs," 6 July 2018 After a trip to the doctor’s office, it was decided the leg needed to be amputated. Clevis Murray, azcentral, "Double-amputee golfer Chuck Passao continues to chase his passion," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of amputate

1612, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for amputate

Latin amputatus, past participle of amputare, from am-, amb- around + putare to cut, prune — more at ambi-

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amputate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of amputate

medical : to cut off (part of a person's body)

amputate

verb
am·​pu·​tate | \ˈam-pyə-ˌtāt \
amputated; amputating

Kids Definition of amputate

: to cut off (part of a person's body)

amputate

transitive verb
am·​pu·​tate | \ˈam-pyə-ˌtāt \
amputated; amputating

Medical Definition of amputate 

: to cut (as a limb) from the body

Other Words from amputate

amputation \ˌam-​pyə-​ˈtā-​shən \ noun

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