Definition of lacerate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    lacerate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈlæsəreɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlæsəreɪt//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they lacerate
    BrE BrE//ˈlæsəreɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlæsəreɪt//
     
    he / she / it lacerates
    BrE BrE//ˈlæsəreɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlæsəreɪts//
     
    past simple lacerated
    BrE BrE//ˈlæsəreɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlæsəreɪtɪd//
     
    past participle lacerated
    BrE BrE//ˈlæsəreɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlæsəreɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form lacerating
    BrE BrE//ˈlæsəreɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlæsəreɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1lacerate something to cut skin or flesh with something sharp His hand had been badly lacerated.
  2. 2lacerate somebody to criticize somebody very severely
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin lacerat- ‘mangled’, from the verb lacerare, from lacer ‘mangled, torn’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: lacerate