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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.
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.
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