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English definition of “perpetuate”

perpetuate

verb [T] uk   /pəˈpetʃ.u.eɪt/ us    /pɚˈpetʃ-/ formal
to cause something to continue: Increasing the supply of weapons will only perpetuate the violence and anarchy. The aim of the association is to perpetuate the skills of traditional furniture design.Continue and last
perpetuation
noun [U] uk   /pəˌpetʃ.uˈeɪ.ʃən/ us    /ˌpɚ.petʃ-/
The lack of military action from other countries has contributed to the perpetuation of the civil war.Continue and last
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