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 this in turn perpetuates a highly destructive agricultural system. Geoff Dembicki, The New Republic, "Trump Is Bailing Out Big Meat—and Further Screwing the Planet," 1 June 2020 Following the reports of multiple Black men dying without justice in recent weeks, Floyd's death perpetuates a massive debate about this country's issue with police brutality in America. Elly Belle, refinery29.com, "“I Can’t Breathe”: George Floyd Begged Police To Stop Kneeing Him In The Neck Before He Died," 27 May 2020 Persistently bare shelves, meanwhile, perpetuate the perception that there is a true shortage; thus, the panic buying continues. Jen Wieczner, Fortune, "The case of the missing toilet paper: How the coronavirus exposed U.S. supply chain flaws," 18 May 2020 Mark Abramson for The New York Times The fast-spreading coronavirus and a plunge in oil prices set off a chain reaction in financial markets on Monday, a self-perpetuating downward cycle that could inflict serious harm on the global economy. Matt Phillips, New York Times, "Economy Faces ‘Tornado-Like Headwind’ as Financial Markets Spiral," 9 Mar. 2020 Decades-old diversity rules allowed Reed’s organization, the Alabama Democratic Conference, to pack the party executive committee with its members, giving him self-perpetuating control of its affairs. Kyle Whitmire, al, "Whitmire: Bloomberg sinks, takes Joe Reed with him," 4 Mar. 2020 The motion also perpetuates a false narrative of persecution and misconduct, portraying Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates as ineffectual, FBI Director James Comey as insubordinate, and FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page as nefarious. Jonathan Stevenson, The New York Review of Books, "With Flynn, Barr Burns Justice to Feed Trump’s ‘Obamagate’ Fantasy," 15 May 2020 Prophet Makandiwa has also been accused of perpetuating conspiracy theories. Benjamin Kirby, Quartz Africa, "Pentecostals are in a “spiritual war” against coronavirus in Africa—as are some political leaders," 1 May 2020 City Life, a ministry of Youth for Christ, plants itself in some of the city's toughest neighborhoods and seeks to rescue a generation of young people at risk of perpetuating a cycle of poverty, crime and violence. Mykal Mceldowney, Indianapolis Star, "'What else can we do to help you?': Local charities go beyond food delivery," 20 Apr. 2020

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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 Jun 2020

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“Perpetuate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/perpetuate. Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for perpetuate

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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