To perpetrate is to perform or carry out an act, or to commit an illegal or wrongful act.(verb)
When you go out and rob a bank, this is an example of a time when you perpetrate a theft.
See perpetrate in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: < L perpetratus, pp. of perpetrare, to commit, perpetrate, orig., to bring about, achieve < per, thoroughly + patrare, to effect, prob. orig. a ritual term < pater, father, priest
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transitive verb per·pe·trat·ed, per·pe·trat·ing, per·pe·trates
Origin: Latin perpetrāre, perpetrāt-, to accomplish
Origin: : per-, per-
Origin: + patrāre, to bring about (from pater, father; see pəter- in Indo-European roots).
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