perpetuate

[ per-pech-oo-eyt ]
/ pərˈpɛtʃ uˌeɪt /
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verb (used with object), per·pet·u·at·ed, per·pet·u·at·ing.

to make perpetual.
to preserve from extinction or oblivion: to perpetuate one's name.

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Origin of perpetuate

First recorded in 1520–30, perpetuate is from the Latin word perpetuātus (past participle of perpetuāre, derivative of perpetuus uninterrupted). See perpetual, -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM perpetuate

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH perpetuate

perpetrate, perpetuate
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British Dictionary definitions for perpetuate

perpetuate
/ (pəˈpɛtjʊˌeɪt) /

verb

(tr) to cause to continue or prevailto perpetuate misconceptions

Derived forms of perpetuate

perpetuation, noun

Word Origin for perpetuate

C16: from Latin perpetuāre to continue without interruption, from perpetuus perpetual

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