pave (v.)

early 14c., paven, "to cover (a street) with blocks of stone, tiles, or similar hard material set regularly and firmly in place," 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 root *pau- (2) "to cut, strike, stamp." Related: Paved; paving. The figurative sense of "make smooth or easy" (in pave the way "prepare the way for something to come") is attested from 1580s.

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Definitions of pave from WordNet
pave (v.)
cover with a material such as stone or concrete to make suitable for vehicle traffic;
pave the roads in the village
pave (n.)
a setting with precious stones so closely set that no metal shows;