Pronunciation: (am'pyoo-tāt"), [key]
—v.t., -tat•ed, -tat•ing.
1. to cut off (all or part of a limb or digit of the body), as by surgery.
2. to prune, lop off, or remove: Because of space limitations the editor amputated the last two paragraphs of the news report.
3. Obs.to prune, as branches of trees.
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