Pronunciation Verb

pave (paves, present participle paving; past paved, past participle paved)

  1. (British) To cover something with paving slabs.
  2. (Canada, US) To cover with stone, concrete, blacktop or other solid covering, especially to aid travel.
    • 1970, Joni Mitchell, "Big Yellow Taxi", Ladies of the Canyon
      They paved Paradise and put up a parking lot.
  3. (transitive, figurative) To pave the way for; to make easy and smooth.
    • , Rice Baker-Yeboah, The Animal Pathways 1-2 (page 110)
      After two weeks Miguel began to circulate freely about the city in his truck, albeit with the long, chrome-plated pistol cocked and ready on his lap. It wouldn't be for three more years that Gonzo would tell Miguel about the secret leverage that paved his path to freedom.
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