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perpetrate

[ pur-pi-treyt ]
/ 藞p蓽r p瑟藢tre瑟t /
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verb (used with object), per路pe路trat路ed, per路pe路trat路ing.
to commit: to perpetrate a crime.
to present, execute, or do in a poor or tasteless manner: Who perpetrated this so-called comedy?
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Origin of perpetrate

First recorded in 1540鈥50; from Latin perpetr膩tus (past participle of perpetr膩re 鈥渢o carry out, execute, perform鈥), equivalent to per- per- + -petr- (combining form of patr膩re 鈥渢o father, bring abou鈥漷; see pater) + -膩- thematic vowel + -tus past participle suffix; see -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM perpetrate

per路pe路tra路ble [pur-pi-truh-buhl], /藞p蓽r p瑟 tr蓹 b蓹l/, adjectiveper路pe路tra路tion [pur-pi-trey-shuhn], /藢p蓽r p瑟藞tre瑟 蕛蓹n/, nounper路pe路tra路tor, nounnon路per路pe路tra路tion, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH perpetrate

perpetrate , perpetuate
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How to use perpetrate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for perpetrate

perpetrate
/ (藞p蓽藧p瑟藢tre瑟t) /

verb
(tr) to perform or be responsible for (a deception, crime, etc)

Derived forms of perpetrate

perpetration, nounperpetrator, noun

Word Origin for perpetrate

C16: from Latin perpetr膩re, from per- (thoroughly) + patr膩re to perform, perhaps from pater father, leader in the performance of sacred rites

usage for perpetrate

Perpetrate and perpetuate are sometimes confused: he must answer for the crimes he has perpetrated (not perpetuated); the book helped to perpetuate (not perpetrate) some of the myths surrounding his early life
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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