pave the way for

pave the way for somebody/something

to make it possible or easier for someone or something to follow The procedure helped pave the way for successful open heart surgery using the heart-lung machine.
Related vocabulary: lay somebody/something open (to something)
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pave the way for something

to be a preparation which will make it possible for something to happen in the future Scientists hope that data from this expedition will pave the way for a more detailed exploration of Mars.
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Their governors and preceptors also should take care what sort of tales and stories it may be proper for them to hear; for all these ought to pave the way for their future instruction: for which reason the generality of their play should be imitations of what they are afterwards to do seriously.
Occupation over the letter that was easy to write might have its fortifying effect on her mind, and might pave the way for resuming the letter that was hard to write.
Bush has signed legislation that could pave the way for a national park along the San Gabriel River.
They induce anthropologist Andrea Mitchell to go back to earlier times at the Scottish border in order to study their ways and to pave the way for trade.
But his hints helped pave the way for today's openness
As scientists unravel the chemistry and physics of cements and pave the way for inventing new materials, they must find ways to inject their new ideas into the conventional concrete industry.
His study of the compound, which relaxes blood vessels, helped pave the way for the anti-impotence drug, Viagra.
This grant signals good news for Lumidigm as they pave the way for other small businesses in New Mexico," Senator Pete Domenici, (R- NM), said.
Since 1996, the company has won a series of high-profile jobs, including a $900 million NASA contract to develop the X-33, a craft that the Skunk Works hopes will pave the way for a reusable, single-stage spacecraft, and a contract to build two prototypes for the joint strike fighter program.
This team will pave the way for aligning IT with business initiatives," said Michael Turner, executive vice president of NetQoS.
Or is it possible his death might pave the way for even swifter change?
Can cell phones that download music video clips with high quality sound effects, handset recording and storage, really pave the way for a completely new mass media?
Addressing a conference here devoted to radio frequency identification (RFID) technology for retailing, security and other applications, a 3M scientist today presented a paper unveiling the company's progress in creating organic semiconductor chips that could pave the way for mass production of low-cost RFID tags.
By building stronger client services that drive sales, improved media and analyst relations programs that influence the market, and strategic initiatives that differentiate clients from their competitors, Marenghi will pave the way for its clients to increase revenues in 2004.