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.