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[peyv] /peɪv/
verb (used with object), paved, paving.
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.
Southern Louisiana. a paved road.
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 of pave
1275-1325; Middle English paven < Middle French paver < Vulgar Latin *pavare, for Latin pavīre to beat, ram, tread down Unabridged
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  • Now, the washboard dirt road that would make anyone fear for their axles is paved.
  • The yard was paved with brick sloping downward: good for drainage, bad for entertaining.
  • And paved paths go throughout the landscape, so fire had no easy path across the garden.
  • Avoid planting near paved surfaces or parking areas, since fallen fruit causes stains.
  • There are only a few paved roads, but asphalt crews are laying down new ones every day.
  • The street, paved in red brick, runs beneath a steeply peaked skylight.
  • Others can be converted into office space, into section eight or elderly housing, or even be paved over for parking.
  • My road to academia was paved by both of those two types of events.
  • The gate of the cavern is despair, and its floor is paved with the gravestones of abandoned hopes.
  • The airwaves will instead be paved with a new generation of wireless broadband.
British Dictionary definitions for paved


verb (transitive)
to cover (a road, path, etc) with a firm surface suitable for travel, as with paving stones or concrete
to serve as the material for a pavement or other hard layer: bricks paved the causeway
(often foll by with) to cover with a hard layer (of): shelves paved with marble
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


a paved surface, esp an uneven one
a style of setting gems so closely that no metal shows
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Word Origin and History for paved



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.

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