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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But others on Twitter had more serious criticisms, claiming that the use of drones instead of women further perpetuates the archaic and patriarchal restrictions on women in Saudi Arabia. Madeleine Ngo, Vox, "A Saudi fashion show faced backlash after replacing models with drones. There are deeper issues.," 8 June 2018 Unverified and unaffirmed answers are not compliant and perpetuate delay. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Governor’s office is “stonewalling” lawsuit over Confide use, lawyer tells judge," 6 June 2018 Teens are invited to stop down and see in action the cultural organization whose purpose is to perpetuate black storytelling and the oral tradition. Jeff Piorkowski/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Actress Lawrence visits Cleveland Heights High; teen athletes sought for JCC Maccabi Games; more: Press Run," 26 Jan. 2018 Advocates, policy groups, and research organizations like the Black Mamas Matter Alliance and the National Birth Equity Collaborative are working to ensure that these solutions don’t further perpetuate inequities. Jamila Perritt, M.d., Glamour, "Serena Williams' Childbirth Experience Should Be a Wake-up Call About the Medical Treatment New Moms Are Getting—Especially Women of Color," 17 Jan. 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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