from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To cause to continue indefinitely; make perpetual.
- transitive v. To prolong the existence of; cause to be remembered: The new library will perpetuate its founder's great love of learning.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To make perpetual.
- v. To prolong the existence of.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To make perpetual; to cause to endure, or to be continued, indefinitely; to preserve from extinction or oblivion; to eternize.
- adj. Made perpetual; perpetuated.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make perpetual; cause to endure or to continue or be continued indefinitely; preserve from failure, extinction, or oblivion: as, to perpetuate the remembrance of a great event or of an illustrious character.
- Made perpetual; continued through the ages, or for an indefinite time; recurring continuously; continually repeated or reiterated.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. cause to continue or prevail
One of the great lies that President Obama continues to try to perpetuate is to say that
The problem with ransoms, of course, is that every time a ransom is paid it does kind of perpetuate the problem of piracy.
I think the possibilities of a Blade Runner sequel story are endless and why not "perpetuate" possible rumors; it helps stimulate the imagination.
OpEdNews - Article: Politics and revolution merely "perpetuate" the Beast.
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Nothing could be more absurd since politics and religion suicidally "perpetuate" the problem.
In other words labor is part of the game of business, and one of the first goals of the game of business is to "perpetuate" the existence of the laborers themselves.
His great anxiety was to "perpetuate," as well as to save, to the People of the World, the imperiled form of Popular Government, and assure to it
"The 3-2 votes do kind of perpetuate a sense of voting for somebody who promised to do one thing and then, once elected, doing exactly the opposite of what they promised to do,"