Main definitions of pave in US English:

: pave1pavé2

pave1

verb

[with object]
  • Cover (a piece of ground) with concrete, asphalt, stones, or bricks; lay paving over.

    ‘the yard at the front was paved with flagstones’
    ‘chrysanthemums provide a cheerful border for the paved area’
    • ‘They thought our streets were paved with gold, said one of their lawyers.’
    • ‘A new fountain and a patio paved with Lodi gravel replaced a decrepit pond.’
    • ‘Once of the first things I did was pave the front with concrete.’
    • ‘The one-mile track was first paved with limestone and concrete in 1954.’
    • ‘Just before him was a narrow street paved with small black stones.’
    • ‘Ordering their destruction would be similar to telling a county council to turf over newly paved road shoulders.’
    • ‘The pathways are paved with flagstones or crushed stones.’
    • ‘They next set foot upon the road and found it newly paved, within the last two weeks.’
    • ‘Driveways and curbs were the only paved areas on this cul-de-sac.’
    • ‘The course of the race contains many steep hills, often paved with cobblestones.’
    • ‘The roads were paved with the finest stone, probably having come straight from the mountain.’
    • ‘Well, I came to America because I heard the streets were paved with gold.’
    • ‘The street in front of her was paved in glossy grey stones, curving up into a bridge that spanned the width of a river.’
    • ‘The pathway leading up to the horrible castle is paved with stones of an extraordinary color.’
    • ‘The circuit became a motorsport venue soon after and was paved with bricks.’
    • ‘I opened the door and stepped onto a newly paved road.’
    • ‘He ushered her into a little shop on a narrow side street paved with cobblestones.’
    • ‘A freshly paved runway ran East-West, with cavernous hangars and recently built barracks organized neatly along either side.’
    • ‘The route is about 900 metres long and is paved with brick and cobblestone.’
    • ‘They'd paved parish driveways in Costa Rica and repaired clinic roofs in Jamaica.’
    cover, surface, floor, top, finish, concrete, concrete over, asphalt, flag, tile, tar, tarmac, metal
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Phrases

  • pave the way for

    • Create the circumstances to enable (something) to happen or be done.

      ‘the proposals will pave the way for a speedy resolution to the problem’
      • ‘The success of the long boat construction had paved the way for further historical maritime projects.’
      • ‘It was only a symbolic victory, of course, but it paved the way for more abstract human thought.’
      • ‘So does he think this project might pave the way for slightly offbeat buildings elsewhere in the city centre?’
      • ‘Depending on circumstances this shift paves the way for a totally market focused system of agriculture.’
      • ‘It runs from Tuesday to Saturday and paves the way for more top shows throughout the summer.’
      • ‘The partnership will pave the way for more performances by world-class dancers in the town.’
      • ‘The paper also paves the way for more Community Support Officers.’
      • ‘These will pave the way for more domestic participants in the retail sector.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, because it is cheap, it is paving the way for more and for worse.’
      • ‘The new framework would also pave the way for locally negotiated deals, something union members strongly oppose.’
      prepare for, prepare the way for, clear the way for, open the way for, make preparations for, make provision for, get ready for, lay the foundations for, do the groundwork for, work round to, work up to, approach the subject of, introduce the subject of, put things in order for, set the scene for, smooth the path of, usher in, herald, show in, harbinger, precede, be the forerunner of, be the precursor of
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  • the streets are paved with gold

    • Used to suggest that it is easy to become rich and successful in a particular place.

      ‘few people now imagine that the streets of New York, Paris, or London are paved with gold’
      • ‘A place where the streets are paved with gold.’
      • ‘Tradition tells us of young Dick Whittington (and his cat) who set off for London - where all the streets are paved with gold - to make his fortune.’
      • ‘A Mexican family crosses over the border to the Land of Milk and Honey where the streets are paved with gold.’
      • ‘She was a woman who believed in a real heaven where the streets are paved with gold.’
      • ‘They visualize a landscape where the streets are paved with gold, with a house in a pristine suburbs and a hefty bank balance.’
      • ‘There's an English perspective on Scotland which sees it as a land where everything is free, where the streets are paved with gold.’
      • ‘The streets are paved with gold in California!’
      • ‘I hear the streets are paved with gold.’
      • ‘I'm going to save some money, then go to London because the streets are paved with gold.’
      • ‘So far, no one has discovered where in the United States the streets are paved with gold.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French paver ‘pave’.

Pronunciation

pave

/peɪv//pāv/

Main definitions of pave in US English:

: pave1pavé2

pavé2

noun

  • 1A setting of precious stones placed so closely together that no metal shows.

    ‘a solid diamond pavé’
    • ‘Thanks to the pavé diamonds, the bespoke helmets will be the most expensive ever to race around Monaco.’
    • ‘Earrings, necklaces, dog collars and pendants made in the designs of ethnic and spiky tribal art tattoos will feature black diamond pavé.’
    • ‘He was able to seal the deal with matching love rings in white gold with pavé diamonds.’
  • 2A paved street, road, or path.

    footpath, pathway, footway, pavement, track, jogging track, trail, trackway, bridleway, bridle path, ride, riding, towpath, walk, walkway, promenade, esplanade, avenue, lane, alley, alleyway, passage, passageway, byway, sidetrack, berm, causeway, right of way
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Phrases

  • pave the way for

    • Create the circumstances to enable (something) to happen or be done.

      ‘the proposals will pave the way for a speedy resolution to the problem’
      • ‘The success of the long boat construction had paved the way for further historical maritime projects.’
      • ‘It was only a symbolic victory, of course, but it paved the way for more abstract human thought.’
      • ‘So does he think this project might pave the way for slightly offbeat buildings elsewhere in the city centre?’
      • ‘Depending on circumstances this shift paves the way for a totally market focused system of agriculture.’
      • ‘It runs from Tuesday to Saturday and paves the way for more top shows throughout the summer.’
      • ‘The partnership will pave the way for more performances by world-class dancers in the town.’
      • ‘The paper also paves the way for more Community Support Officers.’
      • ‘These will pave the way for more domestic participants in the retail sector.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, because it is cheap, it is paving the way for more and for worse.’
      • ‘The new framework would also pave the way for locally negotiated deals, something union members strongly oppose.’
      prepare for, prepare the way for, clear the way for, open the way for, make preparations for, make provision for, get ready for, lay the foundations for, do the groundwork for, work round to, work up to, approach the subject of, introduce the subject of, put things in order for, set the scene for, smooth the path of, usher in, herald, show in, harbinger, precede, be the forerunner of, be the precursor of
      View synonyms
  • the streets are paved with gold

    • Used to suggest that it is easy to become rich and successful in a particular place.

      ‘few people now imagine that the streets of New York, Paris, or London are paved with gold’
      • ‘A place where the streets are paved with gold.’
      • ‘Tradition tells us of young Dick Whittington (and his cat) who set off for London - where all the streets are paved with gold - to make his fortune.’
      • ‘A Mexican family crosses over the border to the Land of Milk and Honey where the streets are paved with gold.’
      • ‘She was a woman who believed in a real heaven where the streets are paved with gold.’
      • ‘They visualize a landscape where the streets are paved with gold, with a house in a pristine suburbs and a hefty bank balance.’
      • ‘There's an English perspective on Scotland which sees it as a land where everything is free, where the streets are paved with gold.’
      • ‘The streets are paved with gold in California!’
      • ‘I hear the streets are paved with gold.’
      • ‘I'm going to save some money, then go to London because the streets are paved with gold.’
      • ‘So far, no one has discovered where in the United States the streets are paved with gold.’

Origin

French, literally ‘paved’, past participle of paver.

Pronunciation

pavé

/pa-/