amputate

verb
am·​pu·​tate | \ ˈam-pyə-ˌtāt How to pronounce amputate (audio) \
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 How to pronounce amputation (audio) \ noun

Examples of amputate in a Sentence

His arm was badly injured and had to be amputated.
Recent Examples on the Web According to the lawsuit, Spears, 51, was flying for the first time since undergoing two surgeries to amputate a portion of her left leg below the knee. Author: Lori Aratani, Anchorage Daily News, "American Airlines ‘humiliated’ amputee when she tried to use lavatory, lawsuit says," 18 June 2020 Because of this, there was no other option but to amputate the rest of the parts that were also infected and causing pain. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Ruger and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week," 5 June 2020 His right leg was amputated because of blood clots that weren't resolved with blood thinners. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan family devastated by coronavirus takes another hit," 22 Apr. 2020 Lucky’s leg was amputated due to the untreated injury. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Tuscaloosa County woman jailed after dog’s leg amputated in animal cruelty case," 26 Feb. 2020 Scooter’s leg was amputated at the Animal Medical Hospital. Fox News, "Tennessee veteran who lost leg to IED adopts three-legged puppy," 2 Aug. 2019 Complications led to his right leg being amputated, and he was given a tracheotomy and feeding tube for nutrition. Bethany Heitman, Health.com, "Amanda Kloots Opens Up About Staying Positive Amid Husband Nick Cordero’s COVID-19 Battle," 22 May 2020 While Roger and Ian move Jamie, Claire breaks down to Bree about her promise not to amputate and how the thought of doing it makes her ill. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Outlander recap: Snakes. Why'd it have to be snakes?," 20 Apr. 2020 Vermeule repeatedly amputates his arguments from the text. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, "‘Common-Good Constitutionalism’ Is No Alternative to Originalism," 2 Apr. 2020

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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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1 Jul 2020

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“Amputate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amputate. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for amputate

amputate

verb
How to pronounce amputate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of amputate

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

amputate

verb
am·​pu·​tate | \ ˈam-pyə-ˌtāt How to pronounce amputate (audio) \
amputated; amputating

Kids Definition of amputate

: to cut off (part of a person's body)
am·​pu·​tate | \ ˈam-pyə-ˌtāt How to pronounce amputate (audio) \
amputated; amputating

Medical Definition of amputate

: to cut (as a limb) from the body

Other Words from amputate

amputation \ ˌam-​pyə-​ˈtā-​shən How to pronounce amputation (audio) \ noun

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