perpetuate

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

Essential Meaning of perpetuate

formal : to cause (something that should be stopped, such as a mistaken idea or a bad situation) to continue He perpetuates the myth that his house is haunted. Fears about an epidemic are being perpetuated by the media.

Full Definition of perpetuate

transitive verb

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

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 His silence serves as powerful evidence of the grip that Trump still holds on his party, which has led many Republicans to dispute the seriousness of the attack and instead perpetuate the lie that Trump was wrongly denied a second term. Brian Slodysko, The Indianapolis Star, 4 Jan. 2022 But that will be primarily via contracts for antigen tests, which could only perpetuate the problem: many more people will be given false negatives and the false sense of security that comes with it, setting them loose to infect others. Washington Post, 24 Dec. 2021 That was true 20 years ago, when the University of San Diego launched an annual program to highlight and perpetuate the work of women peacemakers from around the world. John Wilkens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Dec. 2021 However, there are a variety of reasons why the victim may also perpetuate the narrative of a healthy romance. Jenna Ryu, USA TODAY, 18 Nov. 2021 When these influential figures intentionally deceive young, impressionable fans, this can perpetuate unrealistic beauty standards and convey a dangerous message: that fuller lips or slimmer noses are naturally attainable. Jenna Ryu, USA TODAY, 18 Dec. 2021 Without the recognition that the climate finance system is exclusionary of women, the $130 trillion mobilized for climate finance would simply perpetuate existing gender inequalities. Bonnie Chiu, Forbes, 9 Nov. 2021 To some extent, the movie helps perpetuate a nationalist fervor that is hostile to the United States and ready to accept the patriotic sacrifices of war. William Nee, National Review, 23 Oct. 2021 The rules today perpetuate partisan division, eliminate debate, prevent compromise and repeatedly block any Senate action. Fred Wertheimer And Norman Eisen, CNN, 20 Oct. 2021

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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 2022

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“Perpetuate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/perpetuate. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for perpetuate

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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