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perpetrateverb [T]

uk   /ˈpɜː.pə.treɪt/  us   /ˈpɝː-/ formal
to ​commit a ​crime or a ​violent or ​harmfulact: In this ​country, ​half of all ​violentcrime is perpetrated by ​people who have been ​drinkingalcohol. Federal ​soldiers have been ​accused of perpetrating ​atrocities againstinnocentpeople.
perpetration
noun [U] uk   /ˌpɜː.pəˈtreɪ.ʃən/  us   /ˌpɝː-/
Human ​rightsactivists have ​accused the country's ​government of a ​systematic perpetration of ​violence againstminoritygroups.
(Definition of perpetrate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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perpetrateverb [T]

 us   /ˈpɜr·pɪˌtreɪt/
to ​commit a ​crime or other ​harmfulact: We will ​find the ​person who perpetrated this ​crime.
perpetrator
noun [C]  us   /ˈpɜr·pɪˌtreɪ·t̬ər/
He ​promised vigorous ​action against the perpetrators of this ​crime.
(Definition of perpetrate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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