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pave

[peyv]
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; Middle English paven < Middle French paver < Vulgar Latin *pavare, for Latin pavīre to beat, ram, tread down

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pave (peɪv)
 
vb
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
 
[C14: from Old French paver, from Latin pavīre to ram down]
 
'paver
 
n

pavé (ˈpæveɪ)
 
n
1.  a paved surface, esp an uneven one
2.  a style of setting gems so closely that no metal shows

paving (ˈpeɪvɪŋ)
 
n
1.  a paved surface; pavement
2.  material used for a pavement, such as paving stones, bricks, or asphalt
 
adj
3.  of or for a paved surface or pavement
4.  preparatory, facilitating, enabling: paving legislation

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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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Example sentences
On top of the cylinder is a big paving stone, which adds another eight inches or so of protection.
These mix opposition to national reforms such as taxing food and medicines with local issues such as paving roads.
And no one has asked the mayor to support a trucking or paving contract or questionable residential developments.
Cigarette smoke damages the artery wall, paving the way for inflammation and cholesterol build-up.
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