Definition of pave
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
Recent Examples of pave from the Web
For decades, that slave history had been paved over—
At what point La Cienega became a boulevard is a mystery, but portions of it were first paved in 1923, when much of the Mid City area had that new-home sparkle.
BERLIN—Harley-Davidson Inc. is in talks to buy Ducati Motor Holding SpA from Germany’s Volkswagen AG in a deal that could bring together two of the most storied motorcycle names and pave the way for further divestments by the German car maker.
The council redirected the most money toward street paving, sidewalks and others road improvements, which were boosted by about $7.9 million.
Metcalf South currently is under demolition to pave the way for a Lowes home improvement store.
Republicans on a key House panel have agreed on a budget outline that would give the military more money than President Donald Trump requested while paving the way for Congress to tackle an overhaul of the tax code this fall.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans on a key House panel have agreed on a budget outline that would give the military more money than President Donald Trump requested while paving the way for Congress to tackle an overhaul of the tax code this fall.
The fashion industry still has a long way to go toward inclusivity, but one of the people helping pave the way is Halima Aden.
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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 centurySee Words from the same year
Origin and Etymology of pavé
pavé from French, from past participle of paver to pave
First Known Use: 1903See Words from the same year
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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