perpetuate

verb
per·pet·u·ate | \ pər-ˈpe-chə-ˌwāt \
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 \ noun
perpetuator \pər-ˈpe-chə-ˌwā-tər \ 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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Today’s progressives increasinglyargue that First Amendment protections for expression deemed demeaning to marginalized people perpetuate oppression and harm the vulnerable. Cathy Young, BostonGlobe.com, "Is liberal democracy failing? No, it’s a victim of its own success," 8 July 2018 This is the political game that Trump’s White House continues to perpetuate. Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root, "In 1 Press Conference, Kirstjen Nielsen Just Beat Out Sarah Sanders for Most Hated Person in Trump’s White House," 19 June 2018 Congress simply could not have intended to allow employers to rely on these discriminatory wages as a justification for continuing to perpetuate wage differentials. Dan Eaton, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Ninth Circuit: Employers can’t use salary history to set salary," 30 Apr. 2018 Viewers believed that Schumer’s character Renee, a woman with low self-esteem who hits her head and suddenly sees herself as beautiful, is already pretty and only continues to perpetuate poor body image. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, "Amy Schumer on the Body Shaming Backlash Around Her New Movie: 'We All Struggle with Self-Esteem'," 17 Apr. 2018 The segregation that an all-private system would likely perpetuate—largely because of the free-market forces detailed earlier—would have profound ramifications. Julie Halpert, The Atlantic, "What If America Didn't Have Public Schools?," 4 Mar. 2018 Other advocates point out that intimate partner violence is part of larger patterns of violence against marginalized groups — violence against women, people of color, LGBT people, and others — and that the police can perpetuate that violence. Jill Filipovic, Cosmopolitan, "14 Misconceptions About Domestic Violence," 26 Sep. 2014 The slumps, which used to drive him crazy, which only perpetuated them, will come. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Wil Myers keeps focus narrow in return to Padres," 5 July 2018 Sure, our fear of ghosts has been perpetuated by horror movie tropes. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "A Beginner’s Guide to Communicating With Spirits on the Other Side," 19 June 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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The first known use of perpetuate was in 1530

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perpetuate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of perpetuate

: 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 \
perpetuated; perpetuating

Kids Definition of perpetuate

: to cause to last a long time

perpetuate

transitive verb
per·pet·u·ate | \ pər-ˈpe-chə-ˌwāt \
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.

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perpetuation \pər-ˌpe-chə-ˈwā-shən \ noun

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