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.

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As part of its effort to promulgate African and African American heritage and culture, Black Arts Fest MKE will feature local visual artists in the Burke Properties Fine Arts Pavilion. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The headliners and the details you need to know for Black Arts Fest MKE," 29 July 2019 As revived and promulgated by modern-day activists, this past is not so much a genuine template for society as an ideological counter-utopia, where men are men, women are women, and Hungary’s neighbors tremble before the approach of its warriors. Jacob Mikanowski, Harper's magazine, "The Call of the Drums," 21 July 2019 There are still federal regulations to work out and local rules to promulgate. Erin Baldassari, The Mercury News, "Oakland to Palo Alto in 10 minutes? Yeah, you can do that: Here’s how.," 10 July 2019 Despite such inequities, the laws promulgated by Hammurabi offered some protection to women, commoners, and slaves. National Geographic, "Who was Hammurabi?," 22 Apr. 2019 Transparency is another thorny issue, and the Senate and House will promulgate distinct disclosure rules. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Sexual Harassment on the Hill," 28 Dec. 2018 For years, the Five Star Movement promulgated euro-skepticism, and initially promised a nonbinding referendum on the euro. New York Times, "Why Italy’s Political Turmoil Is Causing Financial Angst Elsewhere," 29 May 2018 The arrest put to rest the insane theory, promulgated by some right-wing pundits, that the incendiary devices were a hoax which involved Democrats mailing bombs to themselves. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: “There’s No Proof of Anything”," 28 Oct. 2018 Jones has amassed a following on the far-right while promulgating conspiracy theories that claim terror attacks such as 9/11 were actually carried out by the U.S. government. Christopher Carbone, Fox News, "Twitter suspends Alex Jones from key functions of account," 15 Aug. 2018

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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

verb

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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