- to make perpetual.
- to preserve from extinction or oblivion: to perpetuate one's name.
Origin of perpetuate
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Examples from the Web for perpetuating
But if you get this 24-hour, ‘round-the-clock reporting that is perpetuating fear, before you know it you’re glued to it.David Oyelowo on Playing Martin Luther King Jr., Ebola Fears, and Race in Hollywood
October 15, 2014
Collins blames prohibitionist forces in 1961 for perpetuating this fantasy—which he says still exists.Economists Slam the War on Drugs in a New London School of Economics Report
May 6, 2014
Perhaps communities share supplies in the coldest months as a means of surviving the winter and perpetuating the species.Sarah Palin Is Here to Save Christmas, Thank God
November 13, 2013
Today, he is sick of Syria talk, and asserts that all warring sides are guilty of perpetuating the violence.War Tourists Flock to Syria’s Front Lines
November 2, 2013
So you get angry all over again and respond, perpetuating the cycle.In Defense of Jonathan Franzen
September 26, 2013
My friend, I will die, perpetuating the system under which I have lived.A Tale of Two Cities
She was bravely accomplishing her task—that of perpetuating the world.Fruitfulness
They believe this personal patronage to be a means of perpetuating their own tenure.Ethics in Service
William Howard Taft
Marriage is the best means we've found for perpetuating and improving the race.Still Jim
Honor Willsie Morrow
He had set his heart on perpetuating his own name in his family.
- (tr) to cause to continue or prevailto perpetuate misconceptions
Word Origin and History for perpetuating
1520s, a back-formation from perpetuation or else from Latin perpetuatus, past participle of perpetuare "to make perpetual," from perpetuus (see perpetual). Related: Perpetuated; Perpetuating.