\ ˈpāv How to pronounce pave (audio) \
paved; paving

Definition of pave

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

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


pa·​vé | \ pa-ˈvā How to pronounce pavé (audio) \
variants: or less commonly pavéed or pavéd \ pa-​ˈvād How to pronounce pavéd (audio) \ or pave \ pa-​ˈvā How to pronounce pave (audio) \

Definition of pavé (Entry 2 of 2)

of jewels
: set as close together as possible to conceal a metal base

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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Late summer rain can do a number on paving project schedules. oregonlive, "Portland metro Thursday traffic: Paving work on U.S. 20 extended to Friday nights due to weather delays," 12 Sep. 2019 In an interview with USA TODAY's Nathan Bomey to mark the five-year anniversary of the company's move to end tobacco sales, CVS CEO Larry Merlo discussed the role of that decision to drop tobacco in paving the way for the company's future. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "How quitting tobacco reshaped CVS: Q&A with CEO Larry Merlo," 3 Sep. 2019 Weeds sprouted between paving stones in a parking lot with a handful of cars. New York Times, "With a $2 Billion Factory From China, a German City Lets Others Worry," 2 Sep. 2019 According to the Post’s Freedman, farmers use forest fires, often illegally, to clear land for cattle ranching and growing soybeans, as well as paving the way for future development. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Three Things to Know About the Fires Blazing Across the Amazon Rainforest," 20 Aug. 2019 In the 17th century, the Dutch Republic became a robust world power, its prosperous economy paving the way for a flourishing of art, culture and intellectual thought. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Why the Amsterdam Museum Will No Longer Use the Term ‘Dutch Golden Age’," 16 Sep. 2019 McDaniel moved the ball effectively in Week 1 behind a sturdy offensive line, a unit that allowed only one sack and paved the way for 162 net rushing yards. Pat Stoetzer,, "College Football: McDaniel getting ready for Centennial Conference opener," 13 Sep. 2019 Mansueto’s 2018 arrival paved the way, and the deal to leave SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview soon followed. Brian Straus,, "Changes for Chicago Fire: Owner Hauptman Out Ahead of Soldier Field Return," 13 Sep. 2019 Lately, the Broadsheet has had the immense pleasure of highlighting some wonderful stories about women whose epic careers have changed the world and paved the way for those who came after them—Maxine Waters, Celine Dion, Venus Williams. Fortune, "Tina Turner Doesn’t Feel Like Part of the #MeToo Movement: Broadsheet," 10 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of pave


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1903, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pave


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

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English Language Learners Definition of pave

: to cover (something) with a material (such as stone, tar, or concrete) that forms a hard, level surface for walking, driving, etc.


\ ˈpāv How to pronounce pave (audio) \
paved; paving

Kids Definition of pave

: 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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