Definition of Perpetuate

1. Verb. Cause to continue or prevail. "Perpetuate a myth"

Specialized synonyms: Eternize
Generic synonyms: Bear On, Carry On, Continue, Preserve, Uphold
Derivative terms: Perpetuation

Definition of Perpetuate

1. v. t. To make perpetual; to cause to endure, or to be continued, indefinitely; to preserve from extinction or oblivion; to eternize.

2. a. Made perpetual; perpetuated.

Definition of Perpetuate

1. Verb. (transitive) To make perpetual. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To prolong the existence of. ¹

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Definition of Perpetuate

1. [v -ATED, -ATING, -ATES]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Perpetuate

perpetual arrhythmia
perpetual beta
perpetual bond
perpetual bonds
perpetual calendar
perpetual license
perpetual motion
perpetual motion machine
perpetual warrant
perpetually growing tooth
perpetuate (current term)

Literary usage of Perpetuate

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Commentaries on Equity Pleadings: And the Incidents Thereof, According to by Joseph Story (1892)
"Bills to perpetuate testimony, or to examine witnesses de bene esse. (2.) Bills of discovery, techni- i Wyatt, Pr. Reg. 82-84; 1 Harris. Ch. Pr. by Newl. ..."

2. The Principles of Equity: Intended for the Use of Students and the Profession by Edmund Henry Turner Snell, John Richard Griffith (1872)
"BILLS TO perpetuate TESTIMONY. I. THE object of bills to perpetuate testimony is to I. Bills to per- preserve and perpetuate evidence when it is in danger ..."

3. A Treatise on Equity Jurisprudence, as Administered in the United States of by John Norton Pomeroy, Carter Pitkin Pomeroy (1899)
"... or claim could possibly be made the subject of an immediate judicial investigation in an action brought by the party who commences a suit to perpetuate ..."

4. A Practical Treatise of the Law of Evidence by Thomas Starkie, George Morley Dowdeswell, John George Malcolm, George Sharswood (1876)
"... a bill in equity lies to perpetuate the testimony of witnesses in order to prevent the hardship which might accrue to a party from an investigation at a ..."

5. A Digest of the Laws of England by John Comyns, Anthony Hammond, Thomas Day (1826)
"The next of kin of a lunatic, however hopeless his condition, have no interest whatever in the property ; and therefore cannot sustain a bill to perpetuate ..."

6. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the High Court of Chancery: From Great Britain Court of Chancery, Francis Vesey by Great Britain Court of Chancery, Francis Vesey (1827)
"579 8. Commissioners of lunatics have a power of summoning witnesses as incident to their office. 784 See Bankrupt, 16. Bill to perpetuate Testimony, 2. ..."

7. Southern History of the War by Edward Alfred Pollard (1866)
"A true explanation and analysis of Mr. Calhoun's scheme to save and perpetuate the Umon.—Jefferson, Davis' defence of Calhoun. New England's regard for the ..."

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