Definition of pave
1 : to lay or cover with material (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
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.
Origin and Etymology of pave
Middle English, from Anglo-French paver, from Latin pavire to strike, pound; perhaps akin to Greek paiein to strike
First Known Use: 14th century
Origin and Etymology of pavé
pavé from French, from past participle of paver to pave
First Known Use: 1903
PAVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of pave for English Language Learners
: to cover (something) with a material (such as stone, tar, or concrete) that forms a hard, level surface for walking, driving, etc.
PAVE Defined for Kids
Definition of pave for Students
: 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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