1. cause something to continue
perpetuate the problem
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. Do not confuse this verb with the similarly spelled 'perpetrate’, which means to commit a criminal act. To perpetuate relates to the continuation of something indefinitely. Particularly, an unfair or dangerous situation, system, or belief. An obvious exception is when discussing preserving or 'perpetuating' the memory of something or someone, meaning to make the memory last. While common in a social context, professionally its use is limited to dealing with problems.