Definition of perpetuate in English:
1Make (something, typically an undesirable situation or an unfounded belief) continue indefinitely: the law perpetuated the interests of the ruling class
More example sentences
- In this way we often perpetuate self-defeating subliminal beliefs.
- The error in the second model is that the present situation need not perpetuate itself.
- Doing that simply legitimises and perpetuates continuing oppression.
keep alive, keep going, preserve, conserve, sustain, maintain, continue, extend, carry on, keep up, prolong;
immortalize, commemorate, memorialize, eternalize
See perpetrate (usage).
Early 16th century: from Latin perpetuat- 'made permanent', from the verb perpetuare, from perpetuus 'continuing throughout' (see perpetual).
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