- to make perpetual.
- to preserve from extinction or oblivion: to perpetuate one's name.
Origin of perpetuate
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Related Wordsstorage, conservancy, conservation, safety, security, care, perpetuation, continuation, continuity, continuance, preservation, extension, span, period, extent, keeping, safekeeping, saving, shield, salvation
Examples from the Web for perpetuation
And needless to say it's the GOP that depends on perpetuation of the fiction.Budget Balancing and Jobs: It's the Other Way Around!
March 19, 2013
This, I repeat, is no argument for the perpetuation of the old ways of aggression.Mountain Meditations
She was but a girl, a thing of small account where the perpetuation of a family was at issue.Mistress Wilding
I remembered that he had looked to you for the perpetuation of his visionary soul.Under Western Eyes
They are self-preservation and the perpetuation of the species.The Paliser case
No other moth can fulfil the conditions necessary to its perpetuation.My Studio Neighbors
William Hamilton Gibson
- (tr) to cause to continue or prevailto perpetuate misconceptions
Word Origin and History for perpetuation
late 14c., from Medieval Latin perpetuationem (nominative perpetuatio), noun of action from past participle stem of perpetuare (see perpetuate).
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.