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verb (used with object), paved, pav·ing.
  1. to cover or lay (a road, walk, etc.) with concrete, stones, bricks, tiles, wood, or the like, so as to make a firm, level surface.
  1. Southern Louisiana. a paved road.
  1. pave the way to/for, to prepare for and facilitate the entrance of; lead up to: His analysis of the college market paved the way for their entry into textbook publishing.

Origin of pave

1275–1325; Middle English paven < Middle French paver < Vulgar Latin *pavare, for Latin pavīre to beat, ram, tread down


[puh-vey, pav-ey; French pa-vey]
noun, plural pa·vés [puh-veyz, pav-eyz; French pa-vey] /pəˈveɪz, ˈpæv eɪz; French paˈveɪ/.
  1. a pavement.
  2. Jewelry. a setting of stones placed close together so as to show no metal between them.
  1. Jewelry. in the manner of a pavé; as a pavé: diamonds set pavé.
  1. Also pa·véd, pa·véed. being set pavé: pavé rubies.

Origin of pavé

1755–65; < French, past participle of paver. See pave
Related formsun·paved, adjectivewell-paved, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of pave

Historical Examples of pave

  • It is your part to pave the way for this deception; mine to maintain it.

    Casanova's Homecoming

    Arthur Schnitzler

  • These are accomplishments which one and all will pave the way to make contempt impossible.

  • Above their heads screamed the shells which were to pave the way for their advance.

    The Traitors

    E. Phillips (Edward Phillips) Oppenheim

  • It was not—but why should I go on saying what it was not to pave the way to saying what it was?

  • We often see that evil succeeds by using that to pave the way.

    Broken Bread

    Thomas Champness

British Dictionary definitions for pave


verb (tr)
  1. to cover (a road, path, etc) with a firm surface suitable for travel, as with paving stones or concrete
  2. to serve as the material for a pavement or other hard layerbricks paved the causeway
  3. (often foll by with) to cover with a hard layer (of)shelves paved with marble
  4. to prepare or make easier (esp in the phrase pave the way)to pave the way for future development
Derived Formspaver, noun

Word Origin for pave

C14: from Old French paver, from Latin pavīre to ram down


  1. a paved surface, esp an uneven one
  2. a style of setting gems so closely that no metal shows
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Word Origin and History for pave

early 14c., "to cover (a street) with stones or other material," from Old French paver "to pave" (12c.), perhaps a back-formation from Old French pavement or else from Vulgar Latin *pavare, from Latin pavire "to beat, ram, tread down," from PIE *pau- "to cut, strike, stamp" (cf. Latin putare "to prune;" Greek paiein "to strike;" Lithuanian piauju "to cut," piuklas "saw"). Related: Paved; paving. The figurative sense of "make smooth" (as in pave the way) is attested from 1580s.

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