promulgate

verb pro·mul·gate \ ˈprä-məl-ˌgāt ; prō-ˈməl- , prə-ˈməl- , ˈprō-(ˌ)məl- \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of promulgate

promulgated; promulgating
transitive verb
1 : to make (something, such as a doctrine) known by open declaration : proclaim
2 a : to make known or public the terms of (a proposed law)
b : to put (a law) into action or force

promulgation

play \ˌprä-məl-ˈgā-shən; ˌprō-(ˌ)məl-, (ˌ)prō-ˌməl-\ noun

promulgator

play \ˈprä-məl-ˌgā-tər; prō-ˈməl-, prə-ˈməl-, ˈprō-(ˌ)məl-\ noun

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Examples of promulgate in a Sentence

  1. Her ideas have been widely promulgated on the Internet.

  2. The law was promulgated in April 1988.

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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.

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

Synonym Discussion of 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

PROMULGATE Defined for English Language Learners

promulgate

verb

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


Law Dictionary

promulgate

transitive verb prom·ul·gate \ ˈprä-məl-ˌgāt, prō-ˈməl- \

legal Definition of promulgate

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

promulgation

play \ˌprä-məl-ˈgā-shən, ˌprō-ˌməl-\ noun

promulgator

play \ˈprä-məl-ˌgā-tər, prō-ˈməl-\ noun


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