\ ˈpāv How to pronounce pave (audio) \
paved; paving

Definition of pave

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to lay or cover with material (such as asphalt or concrete) that forms a firm level surface for travel
2 : to cover firmly and solidly as if with paving material
3 : to serve as a covering or pavement of
pave the way
: to prepare a smooth easy way : facilitate development


pa·​vé | \ pa-ˈvā How to pronounce pavé (audio) \
variants: or less commonly pavéed or pavéd \ pa-​ˈvād How to pronounce pavé (audio) \ or pave \ pa-​ˈvā How to pronounce pavé (audio) \

Definition of pavé (Entry 2 of 2)

of jewels
: set as close together as possible to conceal a metal base

Examples of pave in a Sentence

Verb The crew was paving the road. Some of the roads were paved over. The driveway is paved with concrete. It was said that this country was so rich, the streets were paved with gold.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Brendan Reilly, 42nd, would pave the way to the site being zoned to allow one of the tallest skyscrapers in the city. Ryan Ori,, "It’s official: the Thompson Center is up for sale," 3 May 2021 The new guidelines could pave the way for states and local officials to relax mask mandates now that vaccination rates are climbing. Anne Flaherty, ABC News, "CDC says vaccinated people can ditch the mask outdoors in many cases," 27 Apr. 2021 Past Masters project have influenced Cleveland’s arts landscape, helping to pave the way for current creators in the city. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "Cleveland Arts Prize debuts Past Masters project, honoring Langston Hughes, Dorothy Dandridge, Bob Hope, more," 26 Apr. 2021 The Skyline project will pave about .5 miles of roadway and will last about five days. oregonlive, "Portland Monday metro traffic: Paving work slows commuters on Skyline, Killingsworth," 26 Apr. 2021 Chauvin's trial could pave the way for police to testify against fellow officers in future cases. Zoe Christen Jones, Tyler Kendall, CBS News, "What Derek Chauvin's guilty verdict means for the future of policing," 24 Apr. 2021 By being patient with Davis’ return and subsequent workload, the Lakers could pave the same path toward another NBA title. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Will the Lakers’ patience with Anthony Davis’ return pay off?," 23 Apr. 2021 The House committee vote on the bill will pave the way for a House floor vote on the measure, which is expected to take place next week. Clare Foran, CNN, "House committee to vote on bill to grant DC statehood," 14 Apr. 2021 Interior defense improvement, plus a late barrage of 3s pave the way for a harder-than-expected 128-112 win against Sacramento. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah Jazz overcome their own woeful defense to fend off Kings for 24th straight home victory," 10 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective For a design that comes with a micro-pave diamond band, this classic engagement ring fits the bill. Kiana Murden, CNN Underscored, "Getting engaged? Here’s how to find the perfect ring," 3 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of pave


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1903, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pave


Middle English, from Anglo-French paver, from Latin pavire to strike, pound; perhaps akin to Greek paiein to strike


pavé from French, from past participle of paver to pave

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“Pave.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of pave

: to cover (something) with a material (such as stone, tar, or concrete) that forms a hard, level surface for walking, driving, etc.


\ ˈpāv How to pronounce pave (audio) \
paved; paving

Kids Definition of pave

: to make a hard surface on (as with concrete or asphalt) A crew paved a street.
pave the way
: to make it easier for something to happen or for someone to do something

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