Definition of perpetrate
- perpetrate a pun
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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: to do (something that is illegal or wrong)
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of yeast or being unsettled or frivolous
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