[ per-pech-oo-eyt ]
/ pərˈpɛtʃ uˌeɪt /

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.

Nearby words

  1. perpetual check,
  2. perpetual debenture,
  3. perpetual inventory,
  4. perpetual motion,
  5. perpetual-motion machine,
  6. perpetuation,
  7. perpetuity,
  8. perpetuous,
  9. perphenazine,
  10. perpignan

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

Related forms
Can be confusedperpetrate perpetuate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for perpetuated

British Dictionary definitions for perpetuated


/ (pəˈpɛtjʊˌeɪt) /


(tr) to cause to continue or prevailto perpetuate misconceptions
Derived Formsperpetuation, noun

Word Origin for perpetuate

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


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Word Origin and History for perpetuated



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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