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

 

perpetuate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//pəˈpetʃueɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pərˈpetʃueɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they perpetuate
BrE BrE//pəˈpetʃueɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pərˈpetʃueɪt//
 
he / she / it perpetuates
BrE BrE//pəˈpetʃueɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pərˈpetʃueɪts//
 
past simple perpetuated
BrE BrE//pəˈpetʃueɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pərˈpetʃueɪtɪd//
 
past participle perpetuated
BrE BrE//pəˈpetʃueɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pərˈpetʃueɪtɪd//
 
-ing form perpetuating
BrE BrE//pəˈpetʃueɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pərˈpetʃueɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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perpetuate something (formal) to make something such as a bad situation, a belief, etc. continue for a long time to perpetuate injustice This system perpetuated itself for several centuries. Comics tend to perpetuate the myth that ‘boys don't cry’. Word Origin early 16th cent.: from Latin perpetuat- ‘made permanent’, from the verb perpetuare, from perpetuus ‘continuing throughout’, from perpes, perpet- ‘continuous’.Extra examples Schools tend to perpetuate the myth that boys are better at science than girls. Comics and books for children tend to perpetuate the myth that ‘boys don’t cry’. This new law just serves to perpetuate inequality.
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