\ 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 new plan is for PBOT crews to pave the area between Northwest 18th-19th avenues beginning at 10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, allowing Portland Thorns fans time to leave Providence Park after the match vs. North Carolina. oregonlive, "Portland metro Wednesday traffic: All lanes open at scene of fatal crash on I-84 west," 11 Sep. 2019 In Amesbury, a pot store applicant said the mayor pressured her to pay to pave a rotary in exchange for a host community agreement., "Most read on," 10 Sep. 2019 Rodgers was 19-for-28 with 229 passing yards and a touchdown, but the defense stymied the Bears to pave the way. Christopher Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Aaron Rodgers, Packers have dealt Bears some devastating losses. Here are QB's five biggest moments," 5 Sep. 2019 Mind you, Berrettini, 23, hit one himself on his first match point at 5-4 in the fifth, paving the way for a nail biting conclusion. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Grigor Dimitrov is enjoying renaissance at the US Open," 4 Sep. 2019 Since then, the council relaxed its parking requirements, paving the way for the Plant. Daily Pilot, "The Plant commercial-residential project to take root in Costa Mesa after council gives OK," 4 Sep. 2019 The Starhopper is a suborbital test rocket that the company is using to pave the way for SpaceX’s Starship, which the company hopes to use in the future including landings on the moon and Mars. Richard Tribou,, "SpaceX releases video of Starhopper launch and landing test," 29 Aug. 2019 Looking to pave the way will be junior Jack Clougherty, who takes over for all-league standout Darius Perantes, who graduated and is now at the University of Rhode Island. Charles Rich, Glendale News-Press, "Football Preview: Experienced St. Francis looking at big picture," 26 Aug. 2019 The goal is to pave the way for a plastic-free world without forcing people to choose alternative products that at this time are no better. Krista Kafer, The Denver Post, "Kafer: Single-use plastic is a problem but a bag ban is not the answer, not yet," 22 Aug. 2019

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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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