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paved; paving

transitive verb

: to lay or cover with material (such as asphalt or concrete) that forms a firm level surface for travel
: to cover firmly and solidly as if with paving material
: to serve as a covering or pavement of


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pa·​vé pa-ˈvā How to pronounce pavé (audio)
variants or less commonly pavéed or pavéd or pave
of jewels
: set as close together as possible to conceal a metal base
pave the way
: to prepare a smooth easy way : facilitate development

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Bohm's second-inning blast help pave the way for a Philadelphia rout. Dan Gelston,, 1 Nov. 2022 Last month, officials from Hamas and Fatah held a new round of reconciliation talks in Algeria and signed an outline for an agreement that would pave the way for elections. Arkansas Online, 11 Nov. 2022 The departure of the last 2,400 French troops from Mali created widespread concern the withdrawal would pave the way for Islamic insurgents to step up their attacks against civilians. Baba Ahmed, ajc, 22 Sep. 2022 Additionally, hopes that the crypto regulation bill set to be introduced by Senators Cynthia Lummis and Kirsten Gillibrand on Tuesday would pave the way for integrating digital assets into the mainstream economy may have contributed to risk revival. Omkar Godbole, Forbes, 6 June 2022 Union officials hope that local measures could help pave the way for a statewide minimum wage for workers in such facilities. Erin B. Logan Staff Writer Follow, Los Angeles Times, 26 Oct. 2022 Falling into slow-wave sleep, or deep sleep, is an important step in that process and sleep routines help pave the way. Byalexa Mikhail, Fortune, 19 Oct. 2022 The history that’s been made in California today will help pave the way forward in the fight to protect creative freedom nationwide. Variety, NBC News, 30 Sep. 2022 The goal of the test flight is to send an unpiloted Orion crew capsule on a long flight around the moon to help pave the way for the first piloted launch in 2024 and a moon-landing mission in the 2025-26 timeframe. William Harwood, CBS News, 24 Sep. 2022
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 See More

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Word History



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

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1903, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Pave.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition



paved; paving
: to lay or cover with material (as stone or concrete) that forms a firm level surface for travel
pave the way
: to prepare a smooth easy way

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