- The definition of perpetuate is to cause something to be remembered or continued.
An example of perpetuate is commemorating the terrorist attacks of 2001 every year on September 11th.
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transitive verb per·pet·u·at·ed, per·pet·u·at·ing, per·pet·u·ates
- To cause to continue indefinitely; make perpetual.
- To prolong the existence of; cause to be remembered: The new library will perpetuate its founder's great love of learning.
Origin: Latin perpetuāre, perpetuāt-, from perpetuus, continuous; see perpetual.
- per·petˈu·ance, per·petˌu·aˈtion noun
- per·petˈu·aˌtor noun