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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These candidates, who had largely never before considered running, aimed to disrupt the narrow approach to political issues historically perpetuated by white, male candidates, and to change the homogenous face of politics. Julie Zeilinger, Marie Claire, "The Women Who Ran...and Lost," 24 Oct. 2018 Over the years, Mattis played a small active role in perpetuating the fraud by pushing for the military to use Theranos’ technology. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "There never were any “adults in the room”," 21 Dec. 2018 Former House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz is slamming Sessions for perpetuating our two-tiered system of justice. Fox News, "Mueller investigation criticized as being 'one-sided'," 24 Aug. 2018 Recently, Ross even targeted her own series' role in perpetuating archaic gender norms during a Q&A discussion with Deadline. refinery29.com, "Tracee Ellis Ross Has An Ongoing Battle Against "Lady Chores" on Black-ish," 22 June 2018 Fifty years after King’s assassination, Walker’s art underlines the wounds that remain—and how people today are complicit in perpetuating them. Adrienne Green, The Atlantic, "How Kara Walker Recasts Racism’s Bitter Legacy," 4 Mar. 2018 Beyond the dreamlike destination aspect of the annual show, Métiers d’Art is a valuable exercise in deciphering and perpetuating workmanship as a language. Amy Verner, Vogue, "Vogue Got an Exclusive Tour of Chanel’s Ateliers While Tonight’s Métiers d’Art Collection Was Being Made," 5 Dec. 2018 And then on the rest of it, there have been a whole bunch of companies with bad business models, most of which have gone away in the last few years, but a lot of them are sort of limping along, and those perpetuate some of the problems. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Netflix will get ads, predicts the Trade Desk CEO Jeff Green," 15 Nov. 2018 Jones is currently being sued by the families of nine Sandy Hook shooting victims, after Jones routinely perpetuated the conspiracy theory that the shooting was staged to undermine the Second Amendment. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Fake Twitter ad campaign encourages users to be more skeptical on social media," 20 Aug. 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

: 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.

Other Words from perpetuate

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

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