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verb [transitive] formal perpetrate pronunciation in American English /ˈpɜrpəˌtreɪt/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyperpetrate
he/she/itperpetrates
present participleperpetrating
past tenseperpetrated
past participleperpetrated
  1. to do something that is harmful, illegal, or dishonest
    The military perpetrated many human rights abuses during the earliest phase of the conflict.

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noun [countable]
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singularperpetrator
pluralperpetrators
It’s time the perpetrators of the crime were brought to justice.

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