[ peyv ]
See synonyms for: pavepavedpaving on

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.

Idioms about pave

  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

Other definitions for pavé (2 of 2)

[ 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

Other words from pavé

  • un·paved, adjective
  • well-paved, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use pave in a sentence

  • Our gunners had put more than they could afford into the bombardment and had very little wherewith to pave the way.

  • That can do no harm, and may even help to pave the way for bringing about a better state of things some day.

    Robin Redbreast | Mary Louisa Molesworth
  • I've broke enough in my time to pave Cheapside—jugs and cups and basins.

    Littlebourne Lock | F. Bayford Harrison
  • First, as a form in repose, she will tone down savage life, and pave the way from feeling to thought.

    The Aesthetical Essays | Friedrich Schiller
  • The chief Quisara was slain, who used to pave the way to his dwelling with the skulls of those be had overcome.

British Dictionary definitions for pave (1 of 2)


/ (peɪv) /

  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 layer: bricks paved the causeway

  1. (often foll by with) to cover with a hard layer (of): shelves paved with marble

  2. to prepare or make easier (esp in the phrase pave the way): to pave the way for future development

Origin of pave

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

Derived forms of pave

  • paver, noun

British Dictionary definitions for pavé (2 of 2)


/ (ˈpæveɪ) /

  1. a paved surface, esp an uneven one

  2. a style of setting gems so closely that no metal shows

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