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perpetuate Syllabification: per·pet·u·ate
Pronunciation: /pərˈpeCHəˌwāt/

Definition of perpetuate in English:


[with object]
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
1.1Preserve (something valued) from oblivion or extinction: how did these first humans survive to perpetuate the species?


Pronunciation: /-o͞oəns/
Pronunciation: /pərˈpeCHəˌwādər/
Example sentences
  • Why make a mockery of a real problem by inviting its perpetuators to condemn it?
  • The man is a professional perpetuator of the myth.
  • Partly taken in by this, partly its perpetuator, he embraced that myth to service his artistic aims.


Early 16th century: from Latin perpetuat- 'made permanent', from the verb perpetuare, from perpetuus 'continuing throughout' (see perpetual).

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