Definition of perpetuate in English:

perpetuate

verb

[with object]
  • Make (something) continue indefinitely.

    ‘the confusion was perpetuated through inadvertence’
    ‘a monument to perpetuate the memory of those killed in the war’
    • ‘It was on this sleepy island that the Dutch settled in 1609 and built a fort to perpetuate their memory.’
    • ‘In spite of near-constant challenges to their survival, tortoises must nonetheless attend to the task of perpetuating the species.’
    • ‘It depends on, and perpetuates, an eighteenth-century liberal ideal of autonomy, individualism and unencumbered choice.’
    • ‘The people profiteering off of the growth perpetuate the problem and have a human obligation to correct the problems.’
    • ‘It assumes that changes are needed in the economic systems and structures that perpetuate inequality and injustice.’
    • ‘For protesters the present arrangement perpetuates gross global inequity, made worse by rampant globalization.’
    • ‘Some of those monuments are almost a century old and were erected to perpetuate a memory and a spirit dear to surviving family members.’
    • ‘The financial oligarchy wants the war to continue to perpetuate their global wealth.’
    • ‘The fake images that concern us most are those that are created to perpetuate a lie.’
    • ‘Every year, parents continue to perpetuate the myth of Santa Claus.’
    • ‘The effect of its rate rise will be to perpetuate global economic imbalances.’
    • ‘My question for Rosanne is what should we be doing to remember him, to perpetuate his memory?’
    • ‘Very few recognise the services of such freedom fighters or make efforts to perpetuate their memory.’
    • ‘These systems are as useless today as the bureaucratic institutions that continue to perpetuate and promote their usage.’
    • ‘Quebecers just don't want to swap their groovy ways to perpetuate the species.’
    • ‘It's not just because a certain pool of skilled practitioners must be sustained to perpetuate our craft.’
    • ‘The point in perpetuating a person's memory is that he or she might otherwise be forgotten.’
    • ‘He also continues to attempt to perpetuate those lies, but the public is beginning to wake up.’
    • ‘The Mohegans are also invested in preserving and perpetuating their culture.’
    • ‘Their memory was perpetuated in later centuries by antiquarians such as Joseph Strutt, whose Sports and Pastimes of England was published in 1801.’
    • ‘The error in the second model is that the present situation need not perpetuate itself.’
    • ‘The media has perpetuated four big lies in relation to this event.’
    • ‘The book contains unsubstantiated statements perpetuating old myths and creating confusion.’
    • ‘Building a theatre is not the easiest way of perpetuating your father's memory.’
    • ‘It fittingly perpetuates his memory as one who lived an unassuming honourable life and bequeathed the whole of his residuary estate to charity.’
    • ‘These conditions destroy human dignity and perpetuate poverty.’
    • ‘It has become a place that perpetuates and nourishes the precincts of power and violence.’
    • ‘She couldn't let him keep perpetuating that process.’
    • ‘You are the last woman on earth, and it is your job to perpetuate the human race, whether you like it or not.’
    • ‘The effigies of antiquity were created to perpetuate the memory of the deceased as he or she looked while alive.’
    • ‘Doing that simply legitimises and perpetuates continuing oppression.’
    • ‘In this way we often perpetuate self-defeating subliminal beliefs.’
    • ‘The two men are understandably disgruntled and fault the shelters for perpetuating what they see as a system of control.’
    • ‘Indeed inheritance under the current system only serves to perpetuate inequality.’
    keep alive, keep going, keep in existence, preserve, conserve, sustain, maintain, continue, extend, carry on, keep up, cause to continue, prolong
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Usage

On the difference between perpetuate and perpetrate, see perpetrate

Origin

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

Pronunciation

perpetuate

/pəˈpɛtʃʊeɪt/