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.
Recent Examples of perpetrate from the Web
The same Facebook photo and fake news were perpetrated upon Glen Elder Reservoir, a lake about 165 miles north of Wichita, The Kansas City Star reported Saturday.
Pinellas Park police have found a suspect in the June 13 South Miami-Dade home invasion perpetrated by police impersonators.
Tying the creation of BOB to one of the most horrific acts humans have ever perpetrated makes a lot of thematic sense.
The exhibits also spend time on atrocities perpetrated by the Soviet Union, as well as on the 3 million Russian soldiers who suffered in German captivity.
Some might wish to pretend that rising seas are a hoax perpetrated by scientists and a gullible news media.
Donald Willems, 41, had pleaded guilty to his role in the massive fraud perpetrated by ringleader Kenneth Chatman who ran sober homes in Palm Beach and Broward counties.
Inside were 68 pages of research claiming that a Chinese real estate company, Evergrande, was perpetrating an accounting fraud and would collapse.
That struggle has existed since before Texas became a state and has ranged from mob violence and massacres — some perpetrated by the Texas Rangers — to voting and employment discrimination and school and housing segregation.
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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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