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 While most demonstrations throughout June have remained overwhelmingly peaceful, a number turned violent, with looters in some cases taking advantage of overnight clashes to perpetrate crimes. Matthew Riva, WSJ, "On the Streets With Photographers of Black Lives Matter Protests Across the U.S.," 27 June 2020 As the pandemic abates, the U.S. and our allies should clearly and openly call out the abuses that China has perpetrated on the Western world since its admission to the WTO. Francis Rooney, National Review, "Are We Done with China Now?," 5 May 2020 Cybercrimes have become increasingly sophisticated over the years and the people perpetrating them focus on situations where a lot of money is changing hands, making real estate transactions an ideal target. Dallas News, "How to avoid real estate cyberscams," 26 Apr. 2020 A decade before the crisis of 2007-09 the dotcom crash exposed accounting sins at Enron and WorldCom perpetrated in the go-go late 1990s. The Economist, "Who’s lost their trunks? The economic crisis will expose a decade’s worth of swindling and aggressive accounting," 18 Apr. 2020 There are less obvious ways in which our shopping behavior can perpetrate harms, or risk of harms, on innocent third parties. Jaime Ahlberg, The Conversation, "Hoarding during the coronavirus isn’t just unnecessary, it’s ethically wrong," 7 Apr. 2020 No one asked why Tom White perpetrated the crimes, or asked his sister any questions about his past. Julia Bricklin, Smithsonian, "How the ‘Blonde Rattlesnake’ Stirred Public Fascination With Female Accomplices," 24 Sep. 2019 Critics, however, perceive Blue Lives Matter as an attempt to undermine a civil rights movement and excuse violence perpetrated by police officers. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "SF police chief to replace ‘thin blue line’ masks that provoked controversy," 2 May 2020 And both Germanies, focused on building their respective new societies, chose not to ruminate on the unprecedented destruction perpetrated by—and inflicted on—their people. Susan Tallman, The New York Review of Books, "The Master of Unknowing," 25 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of perpetrate was in 1537

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Cite this Entry

“Perpetrate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/perpetrate. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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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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