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

 

perpetrate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈpɜːpətreɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɜːrpətreɪt//
 
(formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they perpetrate
BrE BrE//ˈpɜːpətreɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɜːrpətreɪt//
 
he / she / it perpetrates
BrE BrE//ˈpɜːpətreɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɜːrpətreɪts//
 
past simple perpetrated
BrE BrE//ˈpɜːpətreɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɜːrpətreɪtɪd//
 
past participle perpetrated
BrE BrE//ˈpɜːpətreɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɜːrpətreɪtɪd//
 
-ing form perpetrating
BrE BrE//ˈpɜːpətreɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɜːrpətreɪtɪŋ//
 
Committing crime
 
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to commit a crime or do something wrong or evil perpetrate something to perpetrate a crime/fraud/massacre security breaches perpetrated by people working for the company perpetrate something against/upon/on somebody violence perpetrated against women and children See related entries: Committing crime Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from Latin perpetrat- ‘performed’, from the verb perpetrare, from per- ‘to completion’ + patrare ‘bring about’. In Latin the act perpetrated might be good or bad; in English the verb was first used in the statutes referring to crime, which led to the negative association.Extra examples These are security breaches perpetrated by people working for the company. They believed that a crime had been perpetrated against them. They were victims of a fraud being perpetrated on companies in search of cash to help them ride the recession. We will not tolerate violence perpetrated against women and children.
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