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Definition of pave verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

pave

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//peɪv//
 
; NAmE NAmE//peɪv//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pave
BrE BrE//peɪv//
 
; NAmE NAmE//peɪv//
 
he / she / it paves
BrE BrE//peɪvz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//peɪvz//
 
past simple paved
BrE BrE//peɪvd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//peɪvd//
 
past participle paved
BrE BrE//peɪvd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//peɪvd//
 
-ing form paving
BrE BrE//ˈpeɪvɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpeɪvɪŋ//
 
 
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  • [often passive] pave something (with something) to cover a surface with flat stones or bricks a paved area near the back door
  • Word Origin Middle English: from Old French paver ‘pave’.Idioms
    pave the way (for somebody/something)
     
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    to create a situation in which somebody will be able to do something or something can happen. This decision paved the way for changes in employment rights for women.
    the road to hell is paved with good intentions
     
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    (saying) it is not enough to intend to do good things; you must actually do them
    the streets are paved with gold
     
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    (saying) used to say that it seems easy to make money in a place
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pave