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 Both are charged with theft and using criminal tools to perpetrate the crime. Joan Rusek, cleveland, "Man runs from one cop right into another one: Bainbridge Township police blotter," 15 Oct. 2020 Unfortunately, malicious cyber thieves have long used what appears to be a legitimate message with an unsubscribe option to perpetrate a variety of scams and attacks. Ken Colburn, The Arizona Republic, "Unsubscribe scams can work in many different ways. Here's how to protect your systems," 5 Oct. 2020 Monster will be largely told from the point of view of Dahmer's victims, exploring the apathy and incompetence among police that allowed Dahmer to perpetrate numerous murders before his 1991 arrest. Tyler Aquilina, EW.com, "Ryan Murphy to produce Jeffrey Dahmer limited series as next Netflix project," 3 Oct. 2020 Inevitably, however, Goldenberg cannot resist caricaturing Christians and pro-lifers as close-minded and even evil bigots, willing to perpetrate crimes and inflict needless pain — and for what? Jonathon Van Maren, National Review, "Unpregnant: Abortion Infomercial as Chick Flick," 20 Sep. 2020 And children who witness trauma are more likely to perpetrate it or be victims of violent crime, including intimate partner violence, later. Paighten Harkins, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Salt Lake County says domestic violence calls haven’t slowed even as coronavirus restrictions ease," 27 Aug. 2020 The document enumerated penalties for member states who perpetrate a coup and is reaffirmed in the current AU’s Constitutive Act which condemns and rejects such changes in power and bans perpetrators from participating in AU activities. Chidinma Irene Nwoye, Quartz Africa, "How Mali’s security crisis and corruption allegations brought the military back to power," 19 Aug. 2020 Dan tracked her down and explained the cruel and heinous crime Smith was attempting to perpetrate on one of Nebraska's claims to fame. Elizabeth Weil, Saveur, "Who Really Invented the Reuben?," 6 Sep. 2016 Despite voting by mail in the past, Trump has repeatedly tweeted that Democrats are pushing the use of absentee voting in order to perpetrate a corrupt or rigged election. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, "How to run a primary in a pandemic: Michigan clerks get a crash course," 2 Aug. 2020

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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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Last Updated

29 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Perpetrate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/perpetrate. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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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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