perpetuate | perpetual

Exam frequency

GRE

medium

Banks

medium

Civil Services

medium

Meaning(s)

cause something to continue

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perpetuate - continue

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The word ‘perpetuate’ is generally used in a negative context to express the continuation of an unfair or dangerous situation or belief, though it can be used positively, such as when discussing ‘perpetuating' the memory of something or someone. Not to be confused with the similarly spelled 'perpetrate’, which means to commit a criminal act.

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Synonyms preserve,conserve
Antonyms extinguish

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  1. Taking a hard-line in dealing with the situation will only perpetuate the problems we’re having. We need to be diplomatic.

  2. A statue was erected in the town to perpetuate the memory of locals who had fought and died in the Great War.

  3. There is always conflict in that region. It exists in state of perpetual strife.

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