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Topic: ROADS

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: paver, from Latin pavire 'to hit, press down with the foot'

pave

verb
     
pave [transitive usually passive]
1TTRTBC to cover a path, road, area etc with a hard level surface such as blocks of stone or concrete
pave with
The city centre streets are paved with dark local stone.
a paved courtyard
2

pave the way for something

to make a later event or development possible by producing the right conditions:
The Supreme Court decision paved the way for further legislation on civil rights.
3

the streets are paved with gold

used to say that it is easy to become rich quickly in a particular place
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