pave the way for (something or someone)

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of pave the way for (something or someone)

:to make it easier for (something to happen or someone to do something)
  • The discovery paves the way for the development of effective new treatments.

Word by Word Definitions

pave play
  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

  1. : set as close together as possible to conceal a metal base

way play
  1. : a thoroughfare for travel or transportation from place to place

  2. : an opening for passage

  3. : the course traveled from one place to another : route

  1. : of, connected with, or constituting an intermediate point on a route

  1. : by a long distance : to a considerable degree or extent : far

  2. : by far : much

  3. : very

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody


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