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’
    • ‘Some of those monuments are almost a century old and were erected to perpetuate a memory and a spirit dear to surviving family members.’
    • ‘It's not just because a certain pool of skilled practitioners must be sustained to perpetuate our craft.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Building a theatre is not the easiest way of perpetuating your father's memory.’
    • ‘The Mohegans are also invested in preserving and perpetuating their culture.’
    • ‘The point in perpetuating a person's memory is that he or she might otherwise be forgotten.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It fittingly perpetuates his memory as one who lived an unassuming honourable life and bequeathed the whole of his residuary estate to charity.’
    • ‘It was on this sleepy island that the Dutch settled in 1609 and built a fort to perpetuate their memory.’
    • ‘The effigies of antiquity were created to perpetuate the memory of the deceased as he or she looked while alive.’
    • ‘Their memory was perpetuated in later centuries by antiquarians such as Joseph Strutt, whose Sports and Pastimes of England was published in 1801.’
    • ‘In spite of near-constant challenges to their survival, tortoises must nonetheless attend to the task of perpetuating 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
    eternize
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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/