\ 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


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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The collective hope now—nearly two decades later—is that Crazy Rich Asians will pave the way for a consistently inclusive, sensitive, and representative industry going forward. Emily Farra, Vogue, "This Bridal Brand Is Celebrating the Crazy Rich Asians Premiere With a Red Wedding Dress," 15 Aug. 2018 Ahlquist helped negotiate deals that paved the way for their construction. Sven Berg, idahostatesman, "Developer Tommy Ahlquist jumping to a new company," 22 June 2018 Under President Trump, the Federal Communications Commission has rolled back Obama-era limits on TV station ownership, paving the way for even the largest companies to continue to bulk up. Miriam Gottfried, WSJ, "Apollo to Buy Majority Stake in Cox TV Stations," 15 Feb. 2019 The Blue House did not specifically say what was discussed during Monday’s meeting, but said Chung told Biegun that South Korea hopes the planning talks between the U.S. and North Korea will pave the way for a successful summit. Kim Tong-hyung, The Seattle Times, "US envoy, South Korean official discuss 2nd Trump-Kim summit," 4 Feb. 2019 Just when the orphans are starting to lose faith in their Queen, Evelyn and Polly swoop in, laying the groundwork for Edgar to come by and take all of the teens to The Farm, paving the way for what is sure to be a killer season 3B storyline. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, ""Riverdale" Midseason Premiere's Most Shocking Moments," 17 Jan. 2019 The big news in the making of bricks at the turn of the century was the nationwide production of vitrified brick and its use for paving city streets and sidewalks. Arthur Hart, idahostatesman, "When Idaho’s frontier towns turned to brick, many looked nearby for kilns," 23 June 2018 But modern research and technology has paved the way to more advanced cosmetic procedures—and less-invasive ones at that. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Everything You Need to Know About CoolSculpting (and Were Too Afraid to Ask)," 11 Jan. 2019 Most of the natural riverbed was paved after a massive flood in 1938 that killed 115 people. Deborah Netburn,, "What role should the L.A. River play in a future Los Angeles?," 12 Apr. 2018

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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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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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