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perpetuate

[per-pech-oo-eyt]
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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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Examples from the Web for perpetuation

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Historical Examples

  • This, I repeat, is no argument for the perpetuation of the old ways of aggression.

    Mountain Meditations

    L. Lind-af-Hageby

  • She was but a girl, a thing of small account where the perpetuation of a family was at issue.

    Mistress Wilding

    Rafael Sabatini

  • I remembered that he had looked to you for the perpetuation of his visionary soul.

    Under Western Eyes

    Joseph Conrad

  • They are self-preservation and the perpetuation of the species.

    The Paliser case

    Edgar Saltus

  • No other moth can fulfil the conditions necessary to its perpetuation.

    My Studio Neighbors

    William Hamilton Gibson


British Dictionary definitions for perpetuation

perpetuate

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

Word Origin

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

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Word Origin and History for perpetuation

n.

late 14c., from Medieval Latin perpetuationem (nominative perpetuatio), noun of action from past participle stem of perpetuare (see perpetuate).

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perpetuate

v.

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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