perpetrate

verb
per·​pe·​trate | \ ˈpər-pə-ˌtrāt How to pronounce perpetrate (audio) \
perpetrated; perpetrating

Definition of perpetrate

transitive verb

1 : to bring about or carry out (something, such as a crime or deception) : commit
2 : to produce, perform, or execute (something likened to a crime) perpetrate a pun

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Other Words from perpetrate

perpetration \ ˌpər-​pə-​ˈtrā-​shən How to pronounce perpetration (audio) \ noun
perpetrator \ ˈpər-​pə-​ˌtrā-​tər How to pronounce perpetrator (audio) \ noun

Examples of perpetrate in a Sentence

The men were planning to perpetrate a robbery. The attack was perpetrated by a street gang. He vowed revenge for the crime perpetrated on his family.
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Recent Examples on the Web And the Democratic presidential candidate wants to designate hate crimes as domestic terrorism, which would impose harsher penalties on those who perpetrate them. BostonGlobe.com, "Elizabeth Warren releases plan to combat white nationalist violence - The Boston Globe," 19 Nov. 2019 All four candidates in the race pledged to make prosecution of vehicle-burglary cases a priority, especially those perpetrated by organized rings. Phil Matier, SFChronicle.com, "DA candidates outline how they’d battle SF’s vehicle break-in epidemic," 13 Oct. 2019 The argument is that the 2001 authorization for the use of military force against those who perpetrated or aided in the 9/11 attacks covers Iran today. Ramesh Ponnuru, Twin Cities, "Ramesh Ponnuru: Only Congress has authority to lock and load on Iran," 25 Sep. 2019 Beto O'Rourke's campaign manager responded to a conspiracy theory that the gunman who perpetrated the mass shooting in Odessa, Texas, last week was an O'Rourke supporter, noting that the baseless claims was amplified mainly by bot accounts. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Beto O'Rourke campaign responds to false claim Odessa shooter was a supporter," 4 Sep. 2019 In episode 11, Charlie witnesses a showdown between Monty (Timothy Granaderos) and Bryce, who both perpetrated awful assaults. Elena Nicolaou, refinery29.com, "Is Charlie Saint Of 13 Reasons Why Just Another Toxic Athlete?," 24 Aug. 2019 Tory Lowe, another community activist, said people who perpetrate rage violence must not be tolerated by residents. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Child, 5, shot in leg and hospitalized after apparent road rage shooting on city's north side," 25 July 2019 When that fear congeals in the form of immigrants and traitors rather than corporations and the 1% who own the majority of the world’s resources, a falsehood is perpetrated. Rajesh Kasturirangan, Quartz India, "Authoritarian regimes are using algorithms to control minds and power," 3 Oct. 2019 The only perpetrator in the area that has a motive to perpetrate them is Iran. Author: John Wagner, Paul Sonne, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump characterizes alleged attacks by Iran on oil tankers as ‘very minor’," 18 June 2019

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First Known Use of perpetrate

1537, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for perpetrate

Latin perpetratus, past participle of perpetrare, from per- through + patrare to accomplish, from pater father — more at father

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The first known use of perpetrate was in 1537

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1 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Perpetrate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/perpetrate. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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More Definitions for perpetrate

perpetrate

verb
How to pronounce perpetrate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of perpetrate

formal : to do (something that is illegal or wrong)

perpetrate

verb
per·​pe·​trate | \ ˈpər-pə-ˌtrāt How to pronounce perpetrate (audio) \
perpetrated; perpetrating

Kids Definition of perpetrate

: to bring about or carry out : commit Thieves perpetrated the crime.

Other Words from perpetrate

perpetrator \ ˈpər-​pə-​ˌtrā-​tər \ noun

perpetrate

transitive verb
per·​pe·​trate | \ ˈpər-pə-ˌtrāt How to pronounce perpetrate (audio) \
perpetrated; perpetrating

Legal Definition of perpetrate

: to carry out or bring about (as a crime)

Other Words from perpetrate

perpetration \ ˌpər-​pə-​ˈtrā-​shən How to pronounce perpetration (audio) \ noun
perpetrator \ ˈpər-​pə-​ˌtrā-​tər How to pronounce perpetrator (audio) \ noun

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