- 1mutilate somebody/something to damage somebody’s body very severely, especially by cutting or tearing off part of it The body had been badly mutilated.
- 2mutilate something to damage something very badly synonym vandalize Intruders slashed and mutilated several paintings. Word Origin early 16th cent.: from Latin mutilat-
BrE BrE//ˈmjuːtɪleɪt//; NAmE NAmE//ˈmjuːtɪleɪt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they mutilate
BrE BrE//ˈmjuːtɪleɪt//; NAmE NAmE//ˈmjuːtɪleɪt//he / she / it mutilates
BrE BrE//ˈmjuːtɪleɪts//; NAmE NAmE//ˈmjuːtɪleɪts//past simple mutilated
BrE BrE//ˈmjuːtɪleɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈmjuːtɪleɪtɪd//past participle mutilated
BrE BrE//ˈmjuːtɪleɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈmjuːtɪleɪtɪd//-ing form mutilating
BrE BrE//ˈmjuːtɪleɪtɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈmjuːtɪleɪtɪŋ//