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

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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 And the cycles of violence are perpetuated by resentments because of the way the last cycle of violence was resolved. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "The Laws of Forgiveness," 18 Nov. 2019 Based on the Uncle Remus stories, it has been criticized for perpetuating racist stereotypes. Mark Dawidziak, cleveland, "Disney Plus launching with enough firepower to reshape the streaming universe," 10 Nov. 2019 So is this contempt for the VSCO stereotype (which is perpetuated through many cruel memes and general social mockery) just another excuse to shame girls? Sasha Tucker, Seventeen, "In Defense of VSCO Girls Everywhere," 23 Oct. 2019 Last week’s batch of science winners did little to move that needle, perpetuating stereotypes about who can be a brilliant scientist. National Geographic, "Why are Nobel scientists so white, and so old?," 16 Oct. 2019 The story goes that the penalty was called against the eagle — an urban legend that was reportedly perpetuated by Carlson, who previously worked as a sports information director at Auburn before returning to his alma mater, Florida. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, "Ill-eagle participation: The time Auburn’s live mascot ‘attacked’ a Florida wide receiver," 3 Oct. 2019 New research published in Nature shows that this violence, some of which is perpetuated by states and industry interests, is only growing. Teen Vogue, "4 Climate Activists Explain Why the Climate-Justice Movement Needs Feminism," 19 Sep. 2019 Horton’s report further conveys the weaponization of the immigration system in perpetuating false stereotypes that have overwhelmed the demand for an ethical and consistent system. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: Alarming findings about ICE demonstrate need for reform," 5 July 2019 More than in most sports, success in college football is self-perpetuating. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville football's loss to Clemson really came down to one thing: Talent," 19 Oct. 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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The first known use of perpetuate was in 1530

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5 Dec 2019

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“Perpetuate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/perpetuate?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=p&file=perpet05. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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perpetuate

verb
How to pronounce perpetuate (audio)

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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