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 perpetrate (audio) \ noun
perpetrator \ ˈpər-​pə-​ˌtrā-​tər How to pronounce perpetrate (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 Orlean captures the absurd stunts humans will perpetrate to satisfy their notion of animal freedom. Margaret Wappler, Los Angeles Times, 12 Oct. 2021 These statistics show that the police, as an institution, perpetrate all kinds of violence in all kinds of communities. Sisters Uncut, refinery29.com, 1 Oct. 2021 Among the most basic of these, surely, is the obligation of a president not to perpetrate misinformation in the cause of smearing people whose only offense was doing their job. The Editors, National Review, 25 Sep. 2021 Well, rape and torture is a war crime, and people who perpetrate these acts have to be brought to trial. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, 16 June 2021 The bad clans perpetrate more arson, more murders, as our heroes flee. Stephanie Burt, The New Republic, 27 May 2021 And Belarus used its control over its airspace in order to perpetrate a state hijacking. New York Times, 24 May 2021 This type of data could allow an attacker to fabricate or falsify the identity of a nonexistent or current employee or corporate officer and use it to perpetrate an attack. Oscar Frazier, Forbes, 17 May 2021 Police did not elaborate on the allegations or say how Stevens allegedly used Twitter to perpetrate the crime. Lawrence Andrea, The Indianapolis Star, 25 May 2021

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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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18 Oct 2021

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“Perpetrate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/perpetrate. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for perpetrate

perpetrate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of perpetrate

: 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 perpetrate (audio) \ noun
perpetrator \ ˈpər-​pə-​ˌtrā-​tər How to pronounce perpetrate (audio) \ noun

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