Dictionary.com

perpetuate

[ per-pech-oo-eyt ]
/ pərˈpɛtʃ uˌeɪt /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: perpetuate / perpetuated / perpetuates / perpetuating on Thesaurus.com

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.
QUIZ
TEST YOUR MERIT ON THESE NEW WORDS IN 2021
The Dictionary added new words and definition to our vast collection, and we want to see how well-versed you are in the formally recognized new lingo. Take the quiz!
Question 1 of 8
What does JEDI stand for?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use perpetuate in a sentence

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

undefined perpetuate

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK