Definition of promulgate
1 : to make (something, such 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.
Recent Examples of promulgate from the Web
One reason was the rise of new economic theories promulgated by British economist John Maynard Keynes.
The Basic Law, Hong Kong’s mini-constitution, was promulgated in this tense environment in 1990.
Nonprofit consumer and environmental groups as well as 11 states sued the Department of Energy (DOE) today for failing to enact energy efficiency standards (PDF) promulgated by the Obama administration.
After all, the two men helped promulgate what is perhaps the right’s most influential conspiracy theory—that Barack Obama was born in Kenya, a racist fantasia that launched Trump’s political career and helped land him the presidency.
But between 2007 and 2009, as Utah faced severe droughts and wildfires that many linked to climate change, the state legislature promulgated more regulations.
But there’s a more pessimistic possibility, one that has been mainly promulgated by analysts at Civis Analytics.
The Fourth Circuit’s majority opinion recited Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric and concluded that a reviewing court can and should use these as indications of the executive’s motive in promulgating the ban.
The Washington Post is good on how even a weak diversity pledge promulgated by the NCAA is spurned by many, including the presidents of Notre Dame and Boston College.
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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.
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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