pave

verb
\ˈpāv \
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 \
variants: or less commonly pavéed or pavéd \pa-ˈvād \ or pave \pa-ˈvā \

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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Nothing to explain why the heavy machinery stopped paving through the farms, and the traffic gets diverted to surface streets. Nick Stockton, WIRED, "Laser-Shooting Planes Uncover the Horror and Humanity of World War I," 9 July 2018 Something slimed and dark started unfolding itself, then dropped to the paving with a thick wet slap. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "A transgender girl rises up against alien invaders in Rich Larson’s novel Annex," 8 July 2018 The company has paved hundreds of thousands of miles of roads and parking lots over the past 90 years, including Lake Shore Drive and the Dan Ryan Expressway. Ted Slowik, Daily Southtown, "Slowik: Southland celebrates partnerships among manufacturers, schools," 30 June 2018 The legislation formulated during this period paved way for the systematic surveillance of Chinese and other Asian immigrants in America. Irene Hsu, The New Republic, "The Echoes of Chinese Exclusion," 28 June 2018 The Spanish tore down the Templo Mayor and the tzompantli in front of it, paved over the ruins, and built what would become Mexico City. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "Feeding the gods: Hundreds of skulls reveal massive scale of human sacrifice in Aztec capital," 21 June 2018 Art and camouflage are not obvious allies — the former makes something unreal recognizable, the latter makes something real unrecognizable — but for my great-grandfather one paved the way to the other. Mary Horlock, Longreads, "The Camouflage Artist: Two Worlds Wars, Two Loves, and One Great Deception," 21 June 2018 In 2013, his breakout mixtape I$0lyf3 was well-received by critics and paved the way for several other solid mixtapes from the budding MC. Mark Elibert, Billboard, "Rapper-Actor KR Talks 'Superfly,' New Project 'In Due Time' and His Battle With Depression," 19 June 2018 In Maryland, where much of the land is obscured by foliage or paved over with concrete, that means searching in streams. Sarah Kaplan, Washington Post, "Fossil hunting 101: Lessons from a self-taught dinosaur tracker," 16 June 2018

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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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pave

verb
\ˈpāv \
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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