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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The fallout from the Khashoggi incident has led lawmakers to reexamine the relationship between the US and Saudi Arabia, including America’s role in perpetrating a three-year war in Yemen that has spiraled into a devastating humanitarian crisis. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Senate debates resolution to end US support for war in Yemen," 13 Dec. 2018 But the unfortunate reality is that until we as a society can trust people not to perpetrate assaults, sometimes safety measures such as staying together in this kind of situation are necessary. Natasha Lavender, SELF, "What to Do if Your Friend Is Passed Out Drunk," 26 Feb. 2019 Still, when the deadline closed in February, more than 700 representations were submitted, alleging war crimes had been perpetrated against millions of Afghans. Washington Post, "Memory boxes capture Afghans’ pain of war, attempt to heal," 10 Apr. 2018 That characterization of Conditt's actions as the work of a troubled young man angered many, who said violent acts by people of color are treated as terrorism, while those perpetrated by whites are downplayed as a byproduct of troubled minds. Ray Sanchez, CNN, "The police chief has now labeled the Austin bomber a domestic terrorist," 29 Mar. 2018 Massive hacks including those perpetrated by WikiLeaks, Edward Snowden and U.S. Army Private Chelsea Manning have succeeded in penetrating the National Security Agency, the State Department and other government entities. Norman Pearlstine, Time, "In Praise of Leaks," 11 Jan. 2018 Bennett’s attorney portrayed her as a victim of a scheme perpetrated by another official from her company. Michael Kunzelman, The Seattle Times, "Jury deliberating in fraud trial of Ponzi scheme suspect," 16 Oct. 2018 His go-to move at rallies is to rail against the injustices perpetrated by the Mexican establishment. Ciara Nugent, Time, "Your Complete Guide to Mexico's 2018 Elections," 29 June 2018 If true crime frequently explores the abuses perpetrated by seemingly upright men in power — police, sheriffs, elected representatives, district attorneys — well, what happens when these stories fill our daily headlines? Megan Abbott, latimes.com, "Why do we — women in particular — love true crime books?," 14 June 2018

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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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More Definitions for perpetrate

perpetrate

verb

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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