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.
to make perpetual; cause to continue or be remembered; preserve from oblivion
Origin of perpetuate; from Classical Latin perpetuatus, past participle of perpetuare
transitive verbper·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 of perpetuateLatin perpetuāre, perpetuāt-, from perpetuus, continuous; see perpetual.
- per·pet′u·ance, per·pet′u·a′tion