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[per-pech-oo-eyt] /pərˈpɛtʃ uˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), perpetuated, perpetuating.
to make perpetual.
to preserve from extinction or oblivion:
to perpetuate one's name.
Origin of perpetuate
First recorded in 1520-30, perpetuate is from the Latin word perpetuātus (past participle of perpetuāre, derivative of perpetuus uninterrupted). See perpetual, -ate1
Related forms
perpetuable, adjective
perpetuation, perpetuance
[per-pech-oo-uh ns] /pərˈpɛtʃ u əns/ (Show IPA),
perpetuator, noun
nonperpetuance, noun
nonperpetuation, noun
unperpetuable, adjective
unperpetuated, adjective
unperpetuating, adjective
Can be confused
perpetrate, perpetuate.
2. save, maintain, sustain. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for perpetuation
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  • This, I repeat, is no argument for the perpetuation of the old ways of aggression.

    Mountain Meditations L. Lind-af-Hageby
  • She was but a girl, a thing of small account where the perpetuation of a family was at issue.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • I remembered that he had looked to you for the perpetuation of his visionary soul.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
  • They are self-preservation and the perpetuation of the species.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • No other moth can fulfil the conditions necessary to its perpetuation.

    My Studio Neighbors William Hamilton Gibson
  • And even if one was so, what chance was there of the perpetuation of such a variation?

    On the Genesis of Species St. George Mivart
  • It is a perpetuation of the mores of the lowest free classes in the Roman world.


    William Graham Sumner
  • The perpetuation of the species must not depend upon the license of immaturity.

  • The fundamental idea of forestry is the perpetuation of forests by use.

British Dictionary definitions for perpetuation


(transitive) to cause to continue or prevail: to perpetuate misconceptions
Derived Forms
perpetuation, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin perpetuāre to continue without interruption, from perpetuusperpetual
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for perpetuation

late 14c., from Medieval Latin perpetuationem (nominative perpetuatio), noun of action from past participle stem of perpetuare (see perpetuate).



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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