[ per-pech-oo-eyt ]
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verb (used with object),per·pet·u·at·ed, per·pet·u·at·ing.
  1. to enable or allow the continuation of into the future; keep alive (used most often in reference to something considered harmful or false):Social media played a significant role in perpetuating political divisions.Vines obscured a plaque intended to perpetuate her memory.

  2. to preserve from extinction or oblivion: to perpetuate one's name;perpetuate the species.

Origin of perpetuate

First recorded in 1520–30; from Latin perpetuātus (past participle of perpetuāre, derivative of perpetuus “uninterrupted”); see perpetual, -ate1

Other words for perpetuate

Other words from perpetuate

  • per·pet·u·a·ble, adjective
  • per·pet·u·a·tion [per-pech-oo-ey-shuhn], /pərˌpɛtʃ uˈeɪ ʃən/, per·pet·u·ance [per-pech-oo-uhns], /pərˈpɛtʃ u əns/, noun
  • per·pet·u·a·tor, noun
  • un·per·pet·u·a·ble, adjective
  • un·per·pet·u·at·ing, adjective

Words that may be confused with perpetuate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use perpetuate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for perpetuate


/ (pəˈpɛtjʊˌeɪt) /

  1. (tr) to cause to continue or prevail: to perpetuate misconceptions

Origin of perpetuate

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


Derived forms of perpetuate

  • perpetuation, noun

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