- Make (something) continue indefinitely: the confusion was perpetuated through inadvertence a monument to perpetuate the memory of those killed in the warMore example sentences
- The effigies of antiquity were created to perpetuate the memory of the deceased as he or she looked while alive.
- You are the last woman on earth, and it is your job to perpetuate the human race, whether you like it or not.
- Quebecers just don't want to swap their groovy ways to perpetuate the species.
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- 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).
On the difference between perpetuate and perpetrate, see perpetrate (usage).