\ 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 pavéd (audio) \ or pave \ pa-​ˈvā How to pronounce pave (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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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 20 Sep. 2020.

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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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