Definition of perpetuate
- perpetuate the species
He perpetuates the myth that his house is haunted.
Fears about an epidemic are being perpetuated by the media.
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First Known Use: 1530See Words from the same year
: to cause (something that should be stopped, such as a mistaken idea or a bad situation) to continue
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