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Word: perpetuate

Definition: make perpetual; make something last for a long time; preserve from extinction; N. perpetuity


Sentences Containing 'perpetuate'

I believe your intention is to perpetuate, and not to weaken, the ties between me and my other and far dearer self.
Nations are possessed with an insane ambition to perpetuate the memory of themselves by the amount of hammered stone they leave.
Industry is there neither free nor secure; and the civil and ecclesiastical governments of both Spain and Portugal are such as would alone be sufficient to perpetuate their present state of poverty, even though their regulations of commerce were as wise as the greatest part of them are absurd and foolish.
On this head, Mr. Mivart remarks, "As, according to Mr. Darwin's theory, there is a constant tendency to indefinite variation, and as the minute incipient variations will be in ALL DIRECTIONS, they must tend to neutralize each other, and at first to form such unstable modifications that it is difficult, if not impossible, to see how such indefinite oscillations of infinitesimal beginnings can ever build up a sufficiently appreciable resemblance to a leaf, bamboo, or other object, for natural selection to seize upon and perpetuate."

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