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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 perpetuated
  • And so the myth of merit gets perpetuated by the winners.
  • In mainstream schizophrenia certain half-truths are perpetuated.
  • But by printing this thing, you have perpetuated the erroneous belief that an extremely isolated incident warrants attention.
  • These problems have been perpetuated by an almost complete lack of accountability in education.
  • Action suits against these companies for the enormous social costs and problems that the automobiles have created and perpetuated.
  • These new cases are essentially a known problem perpetuated by the prevalence of computers in many people's lives.
  • Seldom has a more untoward wrong fact been perpetuated.
  • Excellent job clarifying and correcting perpetuated myths about scientists.
  • Whether proof be needed again that operas can be perpetuated on film is a moot point.
  • The reason why humans have created and perpetuated this myth is quite obvious.
British Dictionary definitions for perpetuated


(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 perpetuated



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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