[ peyv ]
/ peɪv /
verb (used with object), paved, pav·ing.
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.
Southern Louisiana. a paved road.
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Idioms for pave
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
Definition for pave (2 of 2)
[ puh-vey, pav-ey; French pa-vey ]
/ pəˈveɪ, ˈpæv eɪ; French paˈveɪ /
noun, plural pa·vés [puh-veyz, pav-eyz; French pa-vey]. /pəˈveɪz, ˈpæv eɪz; French paˈveɪ/.
Jewelry. a setting of stones placed close together so as to show no metal between them.
Jewelry. in the manner of a pavé; as a pavé: diamonds set pavé.
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 pavéun·paved, adjectivewell-paved, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pave (1 of 2)
/ (peɪv) /
to cover (a road, path, etc) with a firm surface suitable for travel, as with paving stones or concrete
to serve as the material for a pavement or other hard layerbricks paved the causeway
(often foll by with) to cover with a hard layer (of)shelves paved with marble
to prepare or make easier (esp in the phrase pave the way)to pave the way for future development
Derived forms of pavepaver, noun
Word Origin for pave
C14: from Old French paver, from Latin pavīre to ram down
British Dictionary definitions for pave (2 of 2)
/ (ˈpæveɪ) /
a paved surface, esp an uneven one
a style of setting gems so closely that no metal shows
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