promulgate

verb
pro·​mul·​gate | \ ˈprä-məl-ˌgāt How to pronounce promulgate (audio) ; prō-ˈməl-, prə-ˈməl-, ˈprō-(ˌ)məl- How to pronounce promulgate (audio) \
promulgated; promulgating

Definition of promulgate

transitive verb

1 : to make (an idea, belief, etc.) known to many people by open declaration : proclaim … the huge meeting served primarily as the occasion on which to promulgate the official doctrine …— Roger Shattuck From the beginning our objective has been to develop and promulgate new models for the calculus-based introductory course.— John S. Rigden et al.
2a : to make known or public the terms of (a proposed law) The law was promulgated in February 1993.
b : to put (a law or rule) into action or force … more than 200 colleges and universities have promulgated behavioral codes that punish various forms of harassment …— Ken Myers

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Other Words from promulgate

promulgation \ ˌprä-​məl-​ˈgā-​shən How to pronounce promulgation (audio) ; ˌprō-​(ˌ)məl-​ , (ˌ)prō-​ˌməl-​ \ noun
promulgator \ ˈprä-​məl-​ˌgā-​tər How to pronounce promulgator (audio) ; prō-​ˈməl-​ , prə-​ˈməl-​ , ˈprō-​(ˌ)məl-​ \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for promulgate

declare, announce, proclaim, promulgate mean to make known publicly. declare implies explicitness and usually formality in making known. the referee declared the contest a draw announce implies the declaration of something for the first time. announced their engagement at a party proclaim implies declaring clearly, forcefully, and authoritatively. the president proclaimed a national day of mourning promulgate implies the proclaiming of a dogma, doctrine, or law. promulgated an edict of religious toleration

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The origin of promulgate is a bit murky, or perhaps we should say "milky." It comes from Latin promulgatus, which in turn derives from pro-, meaning "forward," and -mulgare, a form that is probably related to the verb mulgēre, meaning "to milk" or "to extract." Mulgēre is an ancestor of the English word emulsion ("mixture of mutually insoluble liquids"), and it is also related to the Old English word that became milk itself. Like its synonyms declare, announce, and proclaim, promulgate means to make known publicly. It particularly implies the proclaiming of a dogma, doctrine, or law.

Examples of promulgate in a Sentence

Her ideas have been widely promulgated on the Internet. The law was promulgated in April 1988.
Recent Examples on the Web Using these schools as an example, Alito illustrated how the Title VII revisions could potentially present a problem for educators seeking to promulgate a faith. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "Supreme Court decision ignites religious liberty battle," 15 June 2020 In Canada, that kind of denial has been easier to promulgate with its position next to the U.S., where racial divides often rage to the surface. Ryan Lenora Brown, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘Say Their Names’: Why the George Floyd protests resonate globally," 10 June 2020 It could be promulgated in Hong Kong as early as late June. The Economist, "Rule by fear China’s national-security bill for Hong Kong is an attempt to terrify," 28 May 2020 Shortcuts and many other intriguing observations along these lines lent support to a rival school of thought promulgated by theorists who believe that in the course of learning, a map gets established in a rat’s brain. Matthew Schafer, Scientific American, "In Search of the Brain’s Social Road Maps," 1 Feb. 2020 Judge Mehta also noted that the Administration promulgated the rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, not the Food and Drug Administration, which oversees side-effect disclosures and other advertising regulations. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Rebuking Trump on Drug Prices," 9 July 2019 With a new sustainability motto, already promulgated by cities such as San Francisco: reduce, reuse, recycle, refuse. Cotton Codinha, Allure, "Sorry, But You're Not Recycling Beauty Products as Much as You Think," 28 Apr. 2020 Throughout the outbreak, the media have promulgated sensationalism and helped fan the hysteria. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "America Still a Global Leader Even in a Time of Crisis," 2 Apr. 2020 In our society, there are many who might object to the doctrinal claims about identity, gender, faith, and sexuality promulgated at many public schools. Fred Bauer, National Review, "Proposals to Ban Homeschooling Are an Attack on Pluralism," 20 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of promulgate

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for promulgate

Latin promulgatus, past participle of promulgare, from pro- forward + -mulgare (probably akin to mulgēre to milk, extract) — more at emulsion

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“Promulgate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/promulgate. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for promulgate

promulgate

verb
How to pronounce promulgate (audio) How to pronounce promulgate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of promulgate

formal : to make (an idea, belief, etc.) known to many people
technical : to make (a new law) known officially and publicly

promulgate

transitive verb
prom·​ul·​gate | \ ˈprä-məl-ˌgāt, prō-ˈməl- How to pronounce promulgate (audio) \
promulgated; promulgating

Legal Definition of promulgate

1 : to make known or public
2 : to put (as a regulation) into effect

Other Words from promulgate

promulgation \ ˌprä-​məl-​ˈgā-​shən, ˌprō-​ˌməl-​ How to pronounce promulgation (audio) \ noun
promulgator \ ˈprä-​məl-​ˌgā-​tər, prō-​ˈməl-​ How to pronounce promulgator (audio) \ noun

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