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 In the Czech Republic, hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets this summer to protest against alleged economic fraud perpetrated by the billionaire prime minister Andrej Babiš. Jonathan Kennedy, Quartz, "The anti-vax movement is effectively reversing decades of progress in disease prevention," 11 Sep. 2019 Eighteen years ago today a series of four coordinated attacks led by 19 terrorists were perpetrated against our nation. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Katy VFW hosts memorial to 9/11," 12 Sep. 2019 Harder, because with time comes perspective, and 18 years later, the shock and enormity of those despicable acts continue to stand as one of the most atrocious deeds humans have ever perpetrated against one another. Ian Bremmer, Time, "Why This is the Hardest 9/11 Anniversary of Them All," 11 Sep. 2019 Phoenix dances and cackles maniacally from beginning to end, and, as the film moves to its shocking final act, Fleck perpetrates violent acts that are grotesque and unnerving. Los Angeles Times, "‘Joker’ brings anarchy to awards season at Toronto Film Festival," 10 Sep. 2019 Investigators have identified the victims killed Monday in a shooting that unfolded inside an Elkmont, Alabama, home, and was allegedly perpetrated by a 14-year-old boy. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, "Alabama Teen Charged With Murdering 5 Family Members, Including 6-Month-Old Stepbrother," 4 Sep. 2019 The president’s hateful rhetoric, which has been echoed by individuals perpetrating hate crimes, makes our communities less safe. oregonlive.com, "We surveyed Oregon’s Congressional leaders about hate crimes. This is what they said.," 14 Aug. 2019 During the guilt phase, jurors weigh the evidence and reach a conclusion about whether the defendant perpetrated the crime. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, "‘I too have forgiven’: In plea deal, East Bay murder defendant found not guilty by reason of insanity," 15 Sep. 2019 This time, the Seminoles were on the wrong end of a Choke At Doak and perpetrated one of the most monumental meltdowns in FSU history. Mike Bianchi, orlandosentinel.com, "Ouch! Boise State quickly lights fire under FSU coach Willie Taggart’s hot seat | Commentary," 31 Aug. 2019

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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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3 Nov 2019

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The first known use of perpetrate was in 1537

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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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