verb (used with object), paved, pav·ing.

  1. to cover or lay (a road, walk, etc.) with concrete, stones, bricks, tiles, wood, or the like, so as to make a firm, level surface.


  1. Southern Louisiana. a paved road.


  1. pave the way to/for, to prepare for and facilitate the entrance of; lead up to: His analysis of the college market paved the way for their entry into textbook publishing.

noun, plural pa·vés [puhveyz, pav-eyz; French pavey] /pəˈveɪz, ˈpæv eɪz; French paˈveɪ/.

  1. a pavement.
  2. Jewelry. a setting of stones placed close together so as to show no metal between them.


  1. Jewelry. in the manner of a pavé; as a pavé: diamonds set pavé.


  1. Also pa·véd, pa·véed. being set pavé: pavé rubies.

verb (tr)

  1. to cover (a road, path, etc) with a firm surface suitable for travel, as with paving stones or concrete
  2. to serve as the material for a pavement or other hard layerbricks paved the causeway
  3. (often foll by with) to cover with a hard layer (of)shelves paved with marble
  4. to prepare or make easier (esp in the phrase pave the way)to pave the way for future development


  1. a paved surface, esp an uneven one
  2. a style of setting gems so closely that no metal shows

v.early 14c., “to cover (a street) with stones or other material,” from Old French paver “to pave” (12c.), perhaps a back-formation from Old French pavement or else from Vulgar Latin *pavare, from Latin pavire “to beat, ram, tread down,” from PIE *pau- “to cut, strike, stamp” (cf. Latin putare “to prune;” Greek paiein “to strike;” Lithuanian piauju “to cut,” piuklas “saw”). Related: Paved; paving. The figurative sense of “make smooth” (as in pave the way) is attested from 1580s.

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