- to make perpetual.
- to preserve from extinction or oblivion: to perpetuate one's name.
Origin of perpetuate
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- (tr) to cause to continue or prevailto perpetuate misconceptions
C16: from Latin perpetuāre to continue without interruption, from perpetuus perpetual
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Word Origin and History for perpetuance
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.
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