perpetuate

verb
per·​pet·​u·​ate | \ pər-ˈpe-chə-ˌwāt How to pronounce perpetuate (audio) \
perpetuated; perpetuating

Definition of perpetuate

transitive verb

: to make perpetual or cause to last indefinitely perpetuate the species

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Other Words from perpetuate

perpetuation \ pər-​ˌpe-​chə-​ˈwā-​shən How to pronounce perpetuate (audio) \ noun
perpetuator \ pər-​ˈpe-​chə-​ˌwā-​tər How to pronounce perpetuate (audio) \ noun

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Examples of perpetuate in a Sentence

He perpetuates the myth that his house is haunted. Fears about an epidemic are being perpetuated by the media.
Recent Examples on the Web But the vast majority of his 227 appointees possess the traditional qualifications needed to perpetuate the federal judiciary’s entrenched commitment to the rule of law. Charles Gardner Geyh, The Conversation, "In Trump election fraud cases, federal judges upheld the rule of law – but that’s not enough to fix US politics," 18 Dec. 2020 If this can't happen, the least a straight actor can do is try not to perpetuate tired stereotypes. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "The Prom on Netflix Is Sparkly, Heartwarming Fun—Even With Its Flaws," 10 Dec. 2020 Ingraham's change of stance differs dramatically from her Fox News colleague Tucker Carlson, who continued to perpetuate unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud on air Monday. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "'I will not lie to you': Fox News host Laura Ingraham says Trump reelection 'unlikely'," 24 Nov. 2020 More generally the Torah may wish to stress that Yitzchak deserves to perpetuate the covenant given to his father Avraham because Yitzchak was most similar to him. Rabbi Avi Weiss, sun-sentinel.com, "Toldot parsha: The challenge of parenting," 16 Nov. 2020 The promise was efficiency and blind hiring, but the algorithms have proven to perpetuate structural inequities in hiring. Chika Dunga, Quartz at Work, "How effective is artificial intelligence in removing racial bias in hiring?," 13 Nov. 2020 Tanner’s next chapter is one that continues to perpetuate her passion for gender equity. Alexander Coolidge, The Enquirer, "Former Fifth Third exec Teresa Tanner sought to move 'from success to significance'," 8 Nov. 2020 Riley’s experiments with in-your-face rhyme are part of that drive to perpetuate love. Clair Wills, The New York Review of Books, "Learning to Grieve," 3 Nov. 2020 Wolfe also called on residents to not perpetuate rumors. Laura Schulte, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin officials have been preparing to respond to problems on Election Day -- but don't expect there to be any," 2 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of perpetuate

1530, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for perpetuate

Latin perpetuatus, past participle of perpetuare, from perpetuus

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The first known use of perpetuate was in 1530

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7 Jan 2021

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“Perpetuate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/perpetuate. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for perpetuate

perpetuate

verb
How to pronounce perpetuate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of perpetuate

formal : to cause (something that should be stopped, such as a mistaken idea or a bad situation) to continue

perpetuate

verb
per·​pet·​u·​ate | \ pər-ˈpe-chə-ˌwāt How to pronounce perpetuate (audio) \
perpetuated; perpetuating

Kids Definition of perpetuate

: to cause to last a long time

perpetuate

transitive verb
per·​pet·​u·​ate | \ pər-ˈpe-chə-ˌwāt How to pronounce perpetuate (audio) \
perpetuated; perpetuating

Legal Definition of perpetuate

: to preserve or make available (testimony) for later use at a trial by means of deposition especially when the evidence so gathered would be otherwise unavailable or lost

Note: Courts will not allow the perpetuation of testimony at a pretrial proceeding if it appears to be an attempt to fish for useful material.

Other Words from perpetuate

perpetuation \ pər-​ˌpe-​chə-​ˈwā-​shən How to pronounce perpetuate (audio) \ noun

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