Pave definition

pāv
A setting of jewelry in which the gems are placed close together so that no metal shows.
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To cover with a pavement.
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To cover uniformly, as if with pavement.
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To be or compose the pavement of.
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A setting of precious stones placed together so closely that no metal shows.

Diamonds in pavé.

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Pave is to cover a surface in order to make a smooth and level.

An example of pave is to put down concrete to smooth a cracked driveway.

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To cover over the surface of (a road, etc.), as with concrete, asphalt, or brick.
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To be the top surface or covering of.
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To cover closely or thickly; overlay.
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(archaic) Pavement.
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(UK) To cover something with paving slabs.
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(Canada, US) To cover with stone, concrete, blacktop or other solid covering, especially to aid travel.

Pave over paradise, put up a parking lot.

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pave the way
  • To make progress or development easier:
    Experiments that paved the way for future research.
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pave the way (for)
  • to prepare the way (for); facilitate the introduction (of)
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

pave the way (for)

Origin of pave

  • Middle English paven from Old French paver from Latin pavīre to beat, tread down pau-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • French from past participle of paver to pave from Old French pave

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French < Vulgar Latin *pavāre < Latin pavīre, present active infinitive of paviō.

    From Wiktionary