Definition of perpetuate in English:

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Pronunciation: /pəˈpɛtʃʊeɪt/


[with object]
Make (something) continue indefinitely: the confusion was perpetuated through inadvertence a monument to perpetuate the memory of those killed in the war
More 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.
keep alive, keep going, keep in existence, preserve, conserve, sustain, maintain, continue, extend, carry on, keep up, cause to continue, prolong;
immortalize, commemorate, memorialize, eternalize
literary eternize


On the difference between perpetuate and perpetrate, see perpetrate (usage).





Pronunciation: /pəˈpɛtjʊeɪtə/
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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