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verb (used with object), per·pet·u·at·ed, per·pet·u·at·ing.
  1. to make perpetual.
  2. 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
Related formsper·pet·u·a·ble, adjectiveper·pet·u·a·tion, per·pet·u·ance [per-pech-oo-uhns] /pərˈpɛtʃ u əns/, nounper·pet·u·a·tor, nounnon·per·pet·u·ance, nounnon·per·pet·u·a·tion, nounun·per·pet·u·a·ble, adjectiveun·per·pet·u·at·ed, adjectiveun·per·pet·u·at·ing, adjective
Can be confusedperpetrate perpetuate

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Related Words for perpetuates

preserve, bolster, maintain, immortalize, secure, eternalize, support, keep, eternize, continue, sustain, conserve

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Contemporary Examples of perpetuates

Historical Examples of perpetuates

  • The commandment of love suspends every commandment, yet it perpetuates all.

  • Perpetuates itself by form, does heaven, through influx, ii.

  • Fortunate is the locality that perpetuates its mountain sheep.

  • It is an arrant cheat, and perpetuates the evils it is supposed to alleviate.

  • Where is that divine malediction which perpetuates the abandonment of these fields?

    The Ruins

    C. F. [Constantin Francois de] Volney

British Dictionary definitions for perpetuates


  1. (tr) to cause to continue or prevailto perpetuate misconceptions
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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 perpetuates



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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