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Definitions of pave

  1. To lay or cover with stone, brick, or other material, so as to make a firm, level, or convenient surface for horses, carriages, or persons on foot, to travel on; to floor with brick, stone, or other solid material; as, to pave a street; to pave a court. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. Fig.: To make smooth, easy, and safe; to prepare, as a path or way; as, to pave the way to promotion; to pave the way for an enterprise. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To lay with stones, etc.; to make smooth; as, to pave the way. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. To lay down stone, etc., to form a level surface for walking on: to prepare, as a way or passage. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. To lay with stone, brick, &c., for walking on; to prepare. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. To cover with pavement. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. To lay with stone or brick, so as to make a level surface for walking on; to facilitate the introduction of. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  8. To make a hard level surface by laying it with stones or other solid material; to cover with stones or flags to make the surface level and hard; to prepare the way or passage. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  9. a setting with precious stones so closely set that no metal shows Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. The pavement. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

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Usage examples for pave

  1. There are shadows that squat on the pave – Goblins and Pagodas by John Gould Fletcher
  2. The one wise thing to do now was to pave the way for the exertion of Sir Patrick's superior influence, and Sir Patrick's superior skill. – Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins
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