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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Advocates say asking applicants about their salaries at previous jobs helps perpetuate a wage gap between men and women doing the same jobs. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Daywatch: New law bars Illinois employers from asking for pay history, neighbors wary of land grab by elite Lincoln Park school and other things to know to start your day," 1 Aug. 2019 The report was finally released on Monday, following a federal court ruling, and its findings were stark: The city’s policy of giving preference to local residents for new affordable housing helps perpetuate racial segregation. New York Times, "What the City Didn’t Want the Public to Know: Its Policy Deepens Segregation," 16 July 2019 For decades, the government has helped perpetuate the systemic discrimination that has denied women of color equal opportunities. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "Elizabeth Warren proposes plan to take on pay and leadership gap for women of color," 5 July 2019 For decades, the government has helped perpetuate the systemic discrimination that has denied women of color equal opportunities. Christina Prignano, BostonGlobe.com, "Warren eyes executive actions to level racial wage disparities among women," 5 July 2019 For decades, the government has helped perpetuate the systemic discrimination that has denied women of color equal opportunities. Andrea González-ramírez, refinery29.com, "Elizabeth Warren's New Plan Aims To Help Women Of Color Rise To The Top In Government," 5 July 2019 For decades, the government has helped perpetuate the systemic discrimination that has denied women of color equal opportunities. CBS News, "Elizabeth Warren proposes executive orders to address race and gender pay gap," 5 July 2019 The lack of any effective global reaction helped perpetuate a pattern of unarmed protesters’ meeting lethal excessive force, repeated on a weekly basis. Tareq Baconi, The New York Review of Books, "One Year of Gaza Protests. A New Era of Palestinian Struggle?," 29 Mar. 2019 Rather, the price of admission to the reform debate has been a pledge to perpetuate it. Charles Lane, Twin Cities, "Charles Lane: In our housing finance system, everyone is in favor of the wrong thing," 11 Sep. 2019

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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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