perpetuate

verb per·pet·u·ate \ pər-ˈpe-chə-ˌwāt \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

Definition of perpetuate

perpetuated; perpetuating
transitive verb
: to make perpetual or cause to last indefinitely
  • perpetuate the species

perpetuation

play \pər-ˌpe-chə-ˈwā-shən\ noun

perpetuator

play \pər-ˈpe-chə-ˌwā-tər\ noun

Examples of perpetuate in a Sentence

  1. He perpetuates the myth that his house is haunted.

  2. Fears about an epidemic are being perpetuated by the media.

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Origin and Etymology of perpetuate

Latin perpetuatus, past participle of perpetuare, from perpetuus


PERPETUATE Defined for English Language Learners

perpetuate

verb

Definition of perpetuate for English Language Learners

  • : to cause (something that should be stopped, such as a mistaken idea or a bad situation) to continue


PERPETUATE Defined for Kids

perpetuate

verb per·pet·u·ate \ pər-ˈpe-chə-ˌwāt \

Definition of perpetuate for Students

perpetuated; perpetuating
: to cause to last a long time

Law Dictionary

perpetuate

transitive verb per·pet·u·ate \ pər-ˈpe-chə-ˌwāt \

legal Definition of perpetuate

perpetuated; perpetuating
: 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.

perpetuation

play \pər-ˌpe-chə-ˈwā-shən\ noun


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