perpetrate

verb per·pe·trate \ ˈpər-pə-ˌtrāt \

Definition of perpetrate

perpetrated; perpetrating
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

perpetration

play \ˌpər-pə-ˈtrā-shən\ noun

perpetrator

play \ˈpər-pə-ˌtrā-tər\ noun

Examples of perpetrate in a Sentence

  1. The men were planning to perpetrate a robbery.

  2. The attack was perpetrated by a street gang.

  3. He vowed revenge for the crime perpetrated on his family.

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Origin and Etymology of perpetrate

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


PERPETRATE Defined for English Language Learners

perpetrate

verb

Definition of perpetrate for English Language Learners

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


PERPETRATE Defined for Kids

perpetrate

verb per·pe·trate \ ˈpər-pə-ˌtrāt \

Definition of perpetrate for Students

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

perpetrator

\ˈpər-pə-ˌtrā-tər\ noun

Law Dictionary

perpetrate

transitive verb per·pe·trate \ ˈpər-pə-ˌtrāt \

legal Definition of perpetrate

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

perpetration

play \ˌpər-pə-ˈtrā-shən\ noun

perpetrator

play \ˈpər-pə-ˌtrā-tər\ noun


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