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[per-pech-oo-eyt] /pərˈpɛtʃ uˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), perpetuated, perpetuating.
to make perpetual.
to preserve from extinction or oblivion:
to perpetuate one's name.
Origin of perpetuate
1520-30; < Latin perpetuātus (past participle of perpetuāre, derivative of perpetuus uninterrupted). See perpetual, -ate1
Related forms
perpetuable, adjective
perpetuation, perpetuance
[per-pech-oo-uh ns] /pərˈpɛtʃ u əns/ (Show IPA),
perpetuator, noun
nonperpetuance, noun
nonperpetuation, noun
unperpetuable, adjective
unperpetuated, adjective
unperpetuating, adjective
Can be confused
perpetrate, perpetuate.
2. save, maintain, sustain. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for perpetuate
  • So please don't perpetuate misunderstandings and ignorance.
  • For a start, like most elite groups they show a remarkable ability to perpetuate themselves.
  • When schools introduce computers, they usually perpetuate traditional ways of teaching and learning.
  • He initially worried that the rankings might perpetuate this stereotype.
  • These low interest rates will perpetuate the economic crisis and cause years of misery for millions.
  • Do not perpetuate the illusion that you are paying attention to and doing something for every book.
  • They perpetuate the falsehoods that permeate our society.
  • Such misperceptions perpetuate, resulting in what roles the genders eventually play in their adult life.
  • It is unfortunate that you perpetuate the Columbus myth.
  • It is easier to perpetuate the problem than to fix it.
British Dictionary definitions for perpetuate


(transitive) to cause to continue or prevail: to perpetuate misconceptions
Derived Forms
perpetuation, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin perpetuāre to continue without interruption, from perpetuusperpetual
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Word Origin and History for 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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