pave

play
verb \ˈpāv\

Definition of pave

paved

paving

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to lay or cover with material (as asphalt or concrete) that forms a firm level surface for travel

  3. 2 :  to cover firmly and solidly as if with paving material

  4. 3 :  to serve as a covering or pavement of

pave the way

  1. :  to prepare a smooth easy way :  facilitate development

Examples of pave in a sentence

  1. The crew was paving the road.

  2. Some of the roads were paved over.

  3. The driveway is paved with concrete.

  4. 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


pavé

play
adjective pa·vé \pa-ˈvā\

Definition of pavé

of jewels

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

Variants of pavé

less commonly

pavéed

play or

pavéd

\pa-ˈvād\ or

pave

play \pa-ˈvā\

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

pave

play
verb \ˈpāv\

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

pave

play
verb \ˈpāv\

Definition of pave for Students

paved

paving

  1. :  to make a hard surface on (as with concrete or asphalt) <A crew paved a street.>

pave the way

  1. :  to make it easier for something to happen or for someone to do something


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