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pave

verb \ ˈpāv \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of pave

paved; paving
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
transitive verb
: 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.

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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


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pavé

adjective pa·vé \ pa-ˈvā \
variants: or less commonly pavéed or pavéd play \pa-ˈvād\ or pave play \pa-ˈvā\

Definition of pavé

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

Origin and Etymology of pavé

pavé from French, from past participle of paver to pave



PAVE Defined for Kids

pave

verb \ ˈpāv \

Definition of pave for Students

paved; paving
: 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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