pave-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: cover with a material to make a firm surface.

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1[agent[animate]] PAVE NP2[location] (PP{WITH/IN NP[instrument]})

A monk paved the floor with local marble.
The greedy emperor paved the streets with gold.
They paved the road in 1928 with concrete.
British sappers paved the bottom with bundles of brush.

VerbNet: fill-9.8-1
FrameNet: Adorning,Filling
PropBank: pave.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: facilitate the entrance of

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1[agent] PAVE (NP2[patient[concrete]]) PP[abstract] Includes: PAVE THE WAY.
NOTE: This sense is only metaphorical.

Clay paved the way for the evolution of complex animals.
The program has paved the way in research techniques for 25 years.
Corporations opt for a company that has paved the path in the
digital photography.
The Renaissance and Reformation paved the path to European capitalism.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: pave.02