[ am-pyoo-teyt ]
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verb (used with object),am·pu·tat·ed, am·pu·tat·ing.
  1. to cut off (all or part of a limb or digit of the body), as by surgery.

  2. to prune, lop off, or remove: Because of space limitations the editor amputated the last two paragraphs of the news report.

  1. Obsolete. to prune, as branches of trees.

Origin of amputate

1630–40; <Latin amputātus pruned, trimmed (past participle of amputāre), equivalent to am(bi) around (cf. ambi-) + put- trim + -ātus-ate1

Other words from amputate

  • am·pu·ta·tion, noun
  • am·pu·ta·tive, adjective
  • am·pu·ta·tor, noun
  • non·am·pu·ta·tion, noun
  • post·am·pu·ta·tion, adjective
  • self-am·pu·ta·tion, noun
  • un·am·pu·tat·ed, adjective
  • un·am·pu·ta·tive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use amputate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for amputate


/ (ˈæmpjʊˌteɪt) /

  1. surgery to remove (all or part of a limb, esp an arm or leg)

Origin of amputate

C17: from Latin amputāre, from am- around + putāre to trim, prune

Derived forms of amputate

  • amputation, noun
  • amputator, noun

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