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 perpetuate (audio) \ noun
perpetuator \ pər-​ˈpe-​chə-​ˌwā-​tər How to pronounce perpetuate (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 Newer industries can perpetuate these inequalities. New York Times, "People of Color Breathe More Hazardous Air. The Sources Are Everywhere.," 28 Apr. 2021 In the two decades since the 2001 attacks, orientalist sentiments have only intensified: Western politicians still treat Muslims and Arabs as fanatical terrorists, and Western media still perpetuate those narratives. Udi Greenberg, The New Republic, "The Lost Worlds of Edward Said," 13 Apr. 2021 Critics say such ideas, published in powerful journals that doctors look to for leadership and education, are serving to perpetuate and entrench health inequities that have long harmed and shortened the lives of many people of color. Usha Lee Mcfarling, STAT, "Troubling podcast puts JAMA, the ‘voice of medicine,’ under fire for its mishandling of race," 9 Apr. 2021 More injuriously, these laws perpetuate a public imagination about violent discrimination that flies in the face of how violent discrimination actually occurs. Saida Grundy, The Atlantic, "Violence Against Women Is a Hate Crime," 25 Mar. 2021 Proponents of the approach say providing a stable environment as a first step makes recovery more likely, while opponents say housing first can perpetuate bad behavior and create unsafe environments for others living nearby. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Oceanside councilman proposes homeless plan, more enforcement," 7 Mar. 2021 There has also been renewed focus on issues that perpetuate inequality in the state, including housing and education. Daniela Altimari, courant.com, "Murder convictions against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in murder of George Floyd spark relief -- and hope -- in Connecticut," 20 Apr. 2021 Internal politics and lack of data owners then perpetuate the silos, leaving you without a clear picture of the organization — or a clear strategy moving forward. Michael Paladino, Forbes, "Breaking Down Data Silos Takes A Cultural Shift," 16 Apr. 2021 Some statements can perpetuate mental illness stigma or cause those with depression to feel discriminated against. Dr. Yalda Safai, ABC News, "How to talk to friends or family struggling with depression," 13 Apr. 2021

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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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7 May 2021

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“Perpetuate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/perpetuate. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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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 perpetuate (audio) \ noun

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