Definition of promulgate
1 : to make (as a doctrine) known by open declaration : proclaim
2a : to make known or public the terms of (a proposed law)b : to put (a law) into action or force
promulgationplay \ˌprä-məl-ˈgā-shən; ˌprō-(ˌ)məl-, (ˌ)prō-ˌ\ noun
promulgatorplay \ˈprä-məl-ˌgā-tər; prō-ˈməl-, prə-ˈ, ˈprō-(ˌ)\ noun
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Examples of promulgate in a sentence
Her ideas have been widely promulgated on the Internet.
The law was promulgated in April 1988.
Did You Know?
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.
Origin and Etymology of promulgate
Latin promulgatus, past participle of promulgare, from pro- forward + -mulgare (probably akin to mulgēre to milk, extract) — more at emulsion
First Known Use: 1530
Synonym Discussion of promulgate
PROMULGATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of promulgate for English Language Learners
: to make (an idea, belief, etc.) known to many people
: to make (a new law) known officially and publicly
Legal Definition of promulgate
1 : to make known or public
2 : to put (as a regulation) into effect
promulgation\ˌprä-məl-ˈgā-shən, ˌprō-ˌməl-\ play noun
promulgator\ˈprä-məl-ˌgā-tər, prō-ˈməl-\ play noun
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