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perforate (v.)

"bore through, pierce, make a hole or holes in," late 15c. (implied in perforated), a back-formation from perforation or else from Latin perforatus, past participle of perforare "to bore through, pierce through," from per "through" (from PIE root *per- (1) "forward," hence "through") + forare "to pierce" (from PIE root *bhorh- "hole"). Related: Perforating.

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Definitions of perforate
1
perforate (v.)
make a hole into or between, as for ease of separation;
perforate the sheets of paper
Synonyms: punch
perforate (v.)
pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance;
Synonyms: penetrate
2
perforate (adj.)
having a hole cut through;
a perforated eardrum
Synonyms: pierced / perforated / punctured
From wordnet.princeton.edu