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

 

amputate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈæmpjuteɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈæmpjuteɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they amputate
BrE BrE//ˈæmpjuteɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈæmpjuteɪt//
 
he / she / it amputates
BrE BrE//ˈæmpjuteɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈæmpjuteɪts//
 
past simple amputated
BrE BrE//ˈæmpjuteɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈæmpjuteɪtɪd//
 
past participle amputated
BrE BrE//ˈæmpjuteɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈæmpjuteɪtɪd//
 
-ing form amputating
BrE BrE//ˈæmpjuteɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈæmpjuteɪtɪŋ//
 
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[transitive, intransitive] amputate (something) to cut off somebody’s arm, leg, finger or toe in a medical operation He had to have both legs amputated. They may have to amputate. Her right arm became infected and had to be amputated. Wordfinderamputate, anaesthetic, graft, operation, procedure, scalpel, scrubs, stitch, surgery, transplant CollocationsInjuriesBeing injured have a fall/​an injury receive/​suffer/​sustain a serious injury/​a hairline fracture/(especially British English) whiplash/​a gunshot wound hurt/​injure your ankle/​back/​leg damage the brain/​an ankle ligament/​your liver/​the optic nerve/​the skin pull/​strain/​tear a hamstring/​ligament/​muscle/​tendon sprain/​twist your ankle/​wrist break a bone/​your collarbone/​your leg/​three ribs fracture/​crack your skull break/​chip/​knock out/​lose a tooth burst/​perforate your eardrum dislocate your finger/​hip/​jaw/​shoulder bruise/​cut/​graze your arm/​knee/​shoulder burn/​scald yourself/​your tongue bang/​bump/​hit/ (informal) bash your elbow/​head/​knee (on/​against something)Treating injuries treat somebody for burns/​a head injury/​a stab wound examine/​clean/​dress/​bandage/​treat a bullet wound repair a damaged/​torn ligament/​tendon/​cartilage amputate/​cut off an arm/​a finger/​a foot/​a leg/​a limb put on/ (formal) apply/​take off (especially North American English) a Band-Aid™/(British English) a plaster/​a bandage need/​require/​put in/ (especially British English) have (out)/ (North American English) get (out) stitches put on/​rub on/ (formal) apply cream/​ointment/​lotion have/​receive/​undergo (British English) physiotherapy/(North American English) physical therapy See related entries: Operations Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from Latin amputat- ‘lopped off’, from amputare, from am- (for amb- ‘about’) + putare ‘to prune’.
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