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perpetuate

[per-pech-oo-eyt] /pərˈpɛtʃ uˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), perpetuated, perpetuating.
1.
to make perpetual.
2.
to preserve from extinction or oblivion:
to perpetuate one's name.
Origin of perpetuate
1520-1530
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),
noun
perpetuator, noun
nonperpetuance, noun
nonperpetuation, noun
unperpetuable, adjective
unperpetuated, adjective
unperpetuating, adjective
Can be confused
perpetrate, perpetuate.
Synonyms
2. save, maintain, sustain.
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  • The inclusion of children with their believing parents has been the great means of perpetuating religion in the earth.

    Bertha and Her Baptism Nehemiah Adams
  • They believe this personal patronage to be a means of perpetuating their own tenure.

    Ethics in Service William Howard Taft
  • Cicero makes it an occasion for perpetuating the feeling against Antony, which had already become strong in Rome.

    The Life of Cicero Anthony Trollope
  • Marriage is the best means we've found for perpetuating and improving the race.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • But wouldn't it be rather severe on the other boys and girls, if the usual formula of perpetuating self is used?

    She Buildeth Her House Will Comfort
British Dictionary definitions for perpetuating

perpetuate

/pəˈpɛtjʊˌeɪt/
verb
1.
(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 perpetuating

perpetuate

v.

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.

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