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 Capital One hack was allegedly perpetrated by Paige Thompson, a 33-year-old Seattle resident. Kristina Libby, Popular Mechanics, "The Capital One Hack Probably Put Your Data on the Dark Web," 30 July 2019 Other crimes against humanity were perpetrated several months after the war ended, in the presence of human-rights workers and U.N. peacekeepers. Maggie Calt, Harper's magazine, "Brutal from the Beginning," 22 July 2019 Slavery was abolished in 1865, but many injustices were perpetrated during the post-1865 Jim Crow period and beyond. Rhoda E. Howard-hassmann, Quartz, "Why Japanese-Americans received reparations and African-Americans are still waiting," 19 July 2019 Montes said, violence is perpetrated by gangs and the government, and there is often gender violence towards women. Sofia Saric, BostonGlobe.com, "In East Boston, 3 adolescent migrants share their experiences crossing the border," 18 July 2019 China has consistently denied perpetrating cyberattacks, calling itself a victim of hacks by the U.S. and other countries. Eva Dou, WSJ, "Global Telecom Carriers Attacked by Suspected Chinese Hackers," 24 June 2019 And then there was the horror of the massacre itself, which reportedly was perpetrated by a couple of dozen men, none of whom the security forces could manage to identify. Alma Guillermoprieto, The New York Review of Books, "A Reporting Life in Latin America," 6 June 2019 This claim that red-light cameras reduce accidents is the result of all kinds of statistical shenanigans that have been perpetrated to justify an unfair system. Kristi Nix, Houston Chronicle, "New state law halts Sugar Land’s red-light camera program," 4 June 2019 As is often the case, local business and elected officials tend to stress that uncommon acts of violence in their small towns are perpetrated by people who don’t live there. Kaylee Remington, cleveland.com, "Pepper Pike mayor, residents say triple tapas bar shooting an anomaly in high-end suburb," 4 June 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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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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