- to make perpetual.
- to preserve from extinction or oblivion: to perpetuate one's name.
Origin of perpetuate
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Examples from the Web for perpetuate
In Paris, a new generation of entrepreneurs are launching initiatives to perpetuate the Yiddish way of life.Paris's Nouveau Yiddish Culture
Laurent David Samama
September 3, 2014
Unused funds, sitting idle, do nothing to perpetuate the cycle of support that America relies on.Ex-Politicians Keeping $100 Million in Private Slush Funds
Dave Levinthal, Center for Public Integrity
May 22, 2014
But religion also compels us to fight the unjust, prejudiced systems that cause and perpetuate that misfortune.Believers Must Fight for Gay Teens
May 18, 2014
But it serves no one to perpetuate the idea that parenting is supposed to be an agonizing and thankless slog.Ad's Message to Moms: If You Don’t Think Parenting Sucks, You’re Doing it Wrong
April 18, 2014
The look is topped off with a floral headband and a set of mittens, to perpetuate the holiday theme.Ralph Lauren Child Model, From Roadside to Runway
May 23, 2013
As long as you keep that promise, you perpetuate that wrong.The Mystery of Murray Davenport
Robert Neilson Stephens
Mr. Arundel was aware of the tradition, and he desired to perpetuate it.A Singer from the Sea
Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
By what power do the Mormons perpetuate their system of polygamy?
The Royal House ought to be grateful to me:—I am helping to perpetuate it.Secret Memoirs: The Story of Louise, Crown Princess
Henry W. Fischer
His attitude, as I drove up, was one which Hunt would have delighted to perpetuate.Frank Fairlegh
Frank E. Smedley
- (tr) to cause to continue or prevailto perpetuate misconceptions
Word Origin and History for 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.