\ 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 pavé (audio) \ or pave \ pa-​ˈvā How to pronounce pavé (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 Some scientists worry that such relaxations, by deferring to people on how much Christmas should be allowed this year, will pave the way for a new surge in infections. Ruth Bender, WSJ, "Covid-19 Poses Christmas Quandary for Families," 13 Dec. 2020 Americans may not know that Curtis’s strong support of women’s rights helped pave the way for Kamala Harris. Brenda J. Child And Cathleen Cahill, Star Tribune, "The vice president who blazed a (partial) trail for Harris," 25 Nov. 2020 Some activists, like Jorge Aguilar, the Southern Region director of Food & Water Watch, worry the pipeline will pave the way for an expanding web of natural gas pipelines on the shore, at a time when renewable energy projects should be the focus. Christine Condon,, "Environmental groups fight Eastern Shore natural gas pipeline project ahead of key vote," 19 Nov. 2020 Anish Pardeshi, a researcher working in the Western Ghats, stated that the initiative will pave the way for the conservation, documentation, and protection of trees. Supriya Dedgaonkar, Quartz India, "One Indian state is preserving its century-old trees with heritage tags," 17 Nov. 2020 Their hope: That changing the conversations in Hollywood's writers' rooms will pave the way for immigration policy changes in Washington, too. Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN, "This group is working behind the scenes to change the stories you see on TV," 11 Oct. 2020 Conklin and McDevitt hope their work will pave the way for discovering drugs that might target an as-yet-unidentified enzyme in the virus that so efficiently slashes the sarcomeres. Elizabeth Cooney, STAT, "‘Carnage’ in a lab dish shows how the coronavirus may damage the heart," 4 Sep. 2020 While residents have been split in their support, city officials say the new guidelines will pave the way for a more friendly approach to new sidewalk installations. James T. Norman,, "Highland Park official looks to ‘make it easier’ to install new sidewalks with proposed new guidelines," 2 Sep. 2020 Councilwoman Vivian Moreno is proposing that the city pave the dirt streets and take over maintenance costs. Erin Rode, USA TODAY, "In CA: Northern California fires, counties move off watch list, back-to-school on Zoom," 24 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective For a design that comes with a micro-pave diamond band, this classic engagement ring fits the bill. Kiana Murden, CNN Underscored, "Getting engaged? Here’s how to find the perfect ring," 3 Dec. 2020

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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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“Pave.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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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