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

     

    pervert

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//pəˈvɜːt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pərˈvɜːrt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pervert
    BrE BrE//pəˈvɜːt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pərˈvɜːrt//
     
    he / she / it perverts
    BrE BrE//pəˈvɜːts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pərˈvɜːrts//
     
    past simple perverted
    BrE BrE//pəˈvɜːtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pərˈvɜːrtɪd//
     
    past participle perverted
    BrE BrE//pəˈvɜːtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pərˈvɜːrtɪd//
     
    -ing form perverting
    BrE BrE//pəˈvɜːtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pərˈvɜːrtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1pervert something to change a system, process, etc. in a bad way so that it is not what it used to be or what it should be Some scientific discoveries have been perverted to create weapons of destruction.
  2. 2pervert somebody/something to affect somebody in a way that makes them act or think in an immoral or unacceptable way synonym corrupt Some people believe that television can pervert the minds of children.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English (as a verb): from Old French pervertir, from Latin pervertere, from per- ‘thoroughly, to ill effect’ + vertere ‘to turn’. The current noun sense dates from the late 19th cent.Idioms
    pervert the course of justice(British English)(North American English obstruct justice)
     
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    (law) to tell a lie or to do something in order to prevent the police, etc. from finding out the truth about a crime See related entries: Committing crime
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