pave

verb
\ 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

pavé

adjective
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 Wins in those games could very well pave the way to a spot in the top four of the final College Football Playoff rankings. Keith Jenkins, The Enquirer, 10 Sep. 2021 Likewise the observations that feelings of contamination and relief can arise vicariously may pave the way for new treatments. Baland Jalal, Scientific American, 7 Sep. 2021 How did that response pave a way for the election of Donald Trump? BostonGlobe.com, 2 Sep. 2021 The changes pave the way for developers to more aggressively encourage users to pay in other ways — and potentially deprive Apple of billions of dollars in revenue from commissions. CBS News, 2 Sep. 2021 The decision could pave the way for another vote on whether workers at the warehouse can join the Retail, Wholesale & Department Store Union, after an already contentious campaign earlier this year. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, 31 Aug. 2021 Vigilance, above all, will pave the way for success. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, 30 Aug. 2021 If granted, the presidential major disaster declaration would pave the way to provide assistance for individuals impacted by the fires with housing, unemployment help and counseling, along with medical and legal services. Andy Rose, CNN, 24 Aug. 2021 Likewise, requiring thorough record-keeping may pave the way for a more robust vaccine credentialing system. Chloe Reichel, STAT, 22 Aug. 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, 3 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of pave

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1903, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pave

Verb

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

Adjective

pavé from French, from past participle of paver to pave

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The first known use of pave was in the 14th century

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15 Sep 2021

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“Pave.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pave. Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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pave

verb

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.

pave

verb
\ 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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