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pave

[peyv] /peɪv/
verb (used with object), paved, paving.
1.
to cover or lay (a road, walk, etc.) with concrete, stones, bricks, tiles, wood, or the like, so as to make a firm, level surface.
noun
2.
Southern Louisiana. a paved road.
Idioms
3.
pave the way to / for, to prepare for and facilitate the entrance of; lead up to:
His analysis of the college market paved the way for their entry into textbook publishing.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English paven < Middle French paver < Vulgar Latin *pavare, for Latin pavīre to beat, ram, tread down
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pave

/peɪv/
verb (transitive)
1.
to cover (a road, path, etc) with a firm surface suitable for travel, as with paving stones or concrete
2.
to serve as the material for a pavement or other hard layer bricks paved the causeway
3.
(often foll by with) to cover with a hard layer (of) shelves paved with marble
4.
to prepare or make easier (esp in the phrase pave the way) to pave the way for future development
Derived Forms
paver, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French paver, from Latin pavīre to ram down

pavé

/ˈpæveɪ/
noun
1.
a paved surface, esp an uneven one
2.
a style of setting gems so closely that no metal shows
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Word Origin and History for pave the way for
pave
c.1310, "to cover with a pavement," from O.Fr. paver (12c.), from V.L. *pavare, from L. pavire "to beat, ram, tread down," from PIE *pau- "to cut, strike, stamp" (cf. L. putare "to prune"). The fig. sense of to pave the way is attested from 1585.
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