Definition of perpetrate
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
perpetrationplay \ˌpər-pə-ˈtrā-shən\ noun
perpetratorplay \ˈpər-pə-ˌtrā-tər\ 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.
Origin and Etymology of perpetrate
Latin perpetratus, past participle of perpetrare, from per- through + patrare to accomplish, from pater father — more at father
First Known Use: 1537
PERPETRATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of perpetrate for English Language Learners
: to do (something that is illegal or wrong)
PERPETRATE Defined for Kids
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