Definition of perpetuate in English:

perpetuate

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transitive verb

[with object]
  • 1Make (something, typically an undesirable situation or an unfounded belief) continue indefinitely.

    ‘the law perpetuated the interests of the ruling class’
    • ‘In this way we often perpetuate self-defeating subliminal beliefs.’
    • ‘The error in the second model is that the present situation need not perpetuate itself.’
    • ‘Doing that simply legitimises and perpetuates continuing oppression.’
    • ‘These systems are as useless today as the bureaucratic institutions that continue to perpetuate and promote their usage.’
    • ‘For protesters the present arrangement perpetuates gross global inequity, made worse by rampant globalization.’
    • ‘She couldn't let him keep perpetuating that process.’
    • ‘It depends on, and perpetuates, an eighteenth-century liberal ideal of autonomy, individualism and unencumbered choice.’
    • ‘It has become a place that perpetuates and nourishes the precincts of power and violence.’
    • ‘The media has perpetuated four big lies in relation to this event.’
    • ‘The effect of its rate rise will be to perpetuate global economic imbalances.’
    • ‘The two men are understandably disgruntled and fault the shelters for perpetuating what they see as a system of control.’
    • ‘The book contains unsubstantiated statements perpetuating old myths and creating confusion.’
    • ‘These conditions destroy human dignity and perpetuate poverty.’
    • ‘Every year, parents continue to perpetuate the myth of Santa Claus.’
    • ‘The fake images that concern us most are those that are created to perpetuate a lie.’
    • ‘He also continues to attempt to perpetuate those lies, but the public is beginning to wake up.’
    • ‘The financial oligarchy wants the war to continue to perpetuate their global wealth.’
    • ‘It assumes that changes are needed in the economic systems and structures that perpetuate inequality and injustice.’
    • ‘Indeed inheritance under the current system only serves to perpetuate inequality.’
    • ‘The people profiteering off of the growth perpetuate the problem and have a human obligation to correct the problems.’
    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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    1. 1.1Preserve (something valued) from oblivion or extinction.
      • ‘how did these first humans survive to perpetuate the species?’

Pronunciation

perpetuate

/pərˈpeCHəˌwāt/ /pərˈpɛtʃəˌweɪt/

Usage

Origin

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