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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

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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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 18 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


paved; paving
: to lay or cover with material (as stone or concrete) that forms a firm level surface for travel

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