He became the first Japanese American to permanently settle in the U.S., and helped to pave the way for other Japanese immigrants.
The first in the room, to knock down the door, to break down the barriers, to pave the road that we all walk on.
American leadership on global warming will pave the way for an international deal that gets all polluters on board.
early 14c., "to cover (a street) with stones or other material," from Old French paver "to pave" (12c.), perhaps a back-formation from Old French pavement or else from Vulgar Latin *pavare, from Latin pavire "to beat, ram, tread down," from PIE *pau- "to cut, strike, stamp" (cf. Latin putare "to prune;" Greek paiein "to strike;" Lithuanian piauju "to cut," piuklas "saw"). Related: Paved; paving. The figurative sense of "make smooth" (as in pave the way) is attested from 1580s.