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

     

    mutilate

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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.
  2. 2mutilate something to damage something very badly synonym vandalize Intruders slashed and mutilated several paintings.
  3. Word Origin early 16th cent.: from Latin mutilat- ‘maimed, mutilated, lopped off’, from the verb mutilare, from mutilus ‘maimed’.
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