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

Synonyms for perpetuate

Synonyms

eternalize, immortalize

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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.

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Exaggerating risks will help perpetuate sad stereotypes about the mentally ill and prevent progress for just and effective approaches to law enforcement. WSJ, "Arriving at the Least Bad Marijuana Policy," 11 Jan. 2019 And yet wellness-as-trend is also perpetuating ideals that are making too many bodies in this country unwell. Caroline Rothstein, Marie Claire, "The Wellness Industry Isn't Making You Well," 1 Jan. 2019 In most cases, these programs are simply perpetuating existing biases. James Vincent, The Verge, "Amazon reportedly scraps internal AI recruiting tool that was biased against women," 10 Oct. 2018 In other words, organizations typically send all clean-up straight to the bin (a better alternative than leaving it, but still perpetuating the cycle of waste). Karina Hoshikawa, Allure, "Herbal Essences Is Repackaging Several of Its Shampoos & Conditioners in Eco-Friendly Bottles," 15 Mar. 2019 The person who has perpetuated this violence against us is not. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Mosque Shooting Attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand, Resulted in Dozens of Deaths," 15 Mar. 2019 And — this is particularly important in domestic violence and other kinds of forgiveness — the expectation of forgiveness is also used as a weapon to punish and perpetuate a cycle. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "A scholar of forgiveness explains what makes a good public apology for sexual misconduct," 24 Sep. 2018 Tricia Teater, a former president of the Illinois Coalition Against the Death Penalty and a Zen Buddhist teacher in Evanston, said reinstating capital punishment would only perpetuate a cycle of violence. Manya Brachear Pashman, chicagotribune.com, "Faithful death penalty opponents decry governor’s proposal," 20 May 2018 As long as malaria persists, other challenges in health and human development not only go unresolved, but are exacerbated—perpetuating a cycle of disease, poverty and conflict. Erin M. Stuckey, Time, "How to Wipe Out Malaria for Good," 25 Apr. 2018

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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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perpetuate

verb

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 perpetuation (audio) \ noun

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