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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.


  1. perpetuate

    Perpetuate refers to the act of making something continue indefinitely or preserving it from oblivion or extinction. It often relates to an idea, tradition, situation, or stereotype that is maintained or upheld continually over time.

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. Athlete Ally:

    Martina Navratilova's recent comments on trans athletes are transphobic, based on a false understanding of science and data, and perpetuate dangerous myths that lead to the ongoing targeting of trans people.

  2. George Washington:

    Not only do I pray for it, on the score of human dignity, but I can clearly forsee that nothing but the rooting out of slavery can perpetuate the existence of our union, by consolidating it in a common bond of principle.

  3. Liz Cheney:

    That path would've required that I accept, that I embrace, that I perpetuate the Big Lie.

  4. Christen Kuikoua:

    Lies create more lies, which spawn even more lies, leading to a tangled web of deceit. So, why lie in the first place, only to perpetuate a cycle of falsehoods.

  5. Ramsey County:

    I'm not going to continue to perpetuate these unjust practices, these police practices, that have really harsh results to our community, we really need to start thinking about the actual negative impact this has with police and community relationships and the outright racial disparity is telling by looking at the numbers.

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