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Definitions for perpetuate
pərˈpɛtʃ uˌeɪtper·pet·u·ate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. perpetuateverb

    cause to continue or prevail

    "perpetuate a myth"


  1. perpetuateverb

    To make perpetual.

  2. perpetuateverb

    To prolong the existence of.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To PERPETUATEverb

    Etymology: perpetuer, Fr. perpetuo, Lat.

    Medals, that are at present only mere curiosities, may be of use in the ordinary commerce of life, and at the same time perpetuate the glories of her majesty’s reign. Addison.

    Man cannot devise any other method so likely to preserve and perpetuate the knowledge and belief of a revelation, so necessary to mankind. Duncan Forbes.

    What is it, but a continued perpetuated voice from heaven, resounding for ever in our ears? to give men no rest in their sins, no quiet from Christ’s importunity, ’till they awake from their lethargick sleep and arise from so mortiferous a state, and permit him to give them life. Henry Hammond.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Perpetuateverb

    to make perpetual; to cause to endure, or to be continued, indefinitely; to preserve from extinction or oblivion; to eternize

  2. Perpetuateadjective

    made perpetual; perpetuated

  3. Etymology: [L. perpetuatus, p. p.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Perpetuate

    per-pet′ū-āt, v.t. to make perpetual: to cause to last for ever or for a very long time: to preserve from extinction or oblivion.—adj. Perpet′ūable, capable of being perpetuated.—n. Perpet′uance, the act of making perpetual.—adjs. Perpet′uāte, -d, made perpetual: continued for an indefinite time.—n. Perpetuā′tion, act of perpetuating or preserving from oblivion: preservation for ever, or for a very long time; Perpetū′ity, state of being perpetual: endless time: duration for an indefinite period: something lasting for ever: the sum paid for a perpetual annuity: the annuity itself.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of perpetuate in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of perpetuate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of perpetuate in a Sentence

  1. Joaquin Phoenix:

    I have not done everything in my power to ensure that the sets I work on are inclusive, i think that it is the obligation of the people that have created and perpetuate and benefit from a system of oppression to be the ones that dismantle it, so that's on us.

  2. Gary Staden:

    The idea of these elections is try a solve a crisis but I think they might perpetuate one, my concern is any mess up like failure to deliver ballot papers is going to be interpreted as someone trying to rig the election and that could set off an unrest.

  3. Kevin Hart:

    By crowdsourcing data on to public maps, we can locate chronic issues in our communities and take action against sources of harmful issues, overall, we believe that awareness leads to advocacy, which leads to action and that will perpetuate green technologies.

  4. Eva Pern:

    Almsgiving tends to perpetuate poverty aid does away with it once and for all. Almsgiving leaves a man just where he was before. Aid restores him to society as an individual worthy of all respect and not as a man with a grievance. Almsgiving is the generosity of the rich social aid levels up social inequalities. Charity separates the rich from the poor aid raises the needy and sets him on the same level with the rich.

  5. Corazon Aquino:

    It bids us break the bonds of injustice and oppression which give rise to glaring, and indeed scandalous, social inequalities. Reforming the social structures which perpetuate poverty and the exclusion of the poor first requires a conversion of mind and heart.

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    come out into view, as from concealment
    • A. jeopardize
    • B. emerge
    • C. carry
    • D. depend

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