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Examples of propagate in a Sentence
We are discovering new ways to propagate plants without seeds.
He propagated the apple tree by grafting.
The plants failed to propagate.
Recent Examples of propagate from the Web
Instead, use one of the vegetative propagated and named cultivars of Miscanthus sinenesis that have not been found to be invasive.
There are many huge, mounted staghorn ferns and the owner can explain how to grow and propagate them.
One of the key problems inhibiting their widespread use has been the inability of breeders to propagate large numbers of them.
If scientists could learn to propagate orchids, they could be produced commercially, or grown by home gardeners.
Xi propagates a muscular brand of Chinese nationalism, steeped in appeals to a rosy imperial past and visions of a triumphant future — not unlike other illiberal autocrats elsewhere.
Best candidates for dividing include daylily, irises, and agapanthus; even some succulents are easy to propagate.
Executives who wrote utility vehicles off as a fad propagated by cheap fuel are still playing catch-up.
Porsche may propagate its 800-volt tech to other high-end vehicles in the Volkswagen Group in the near future—and to other Porsche models.
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Did You Know?
The origins of propagate are firmly rooted in the field of horticulture. The word was borrowed into English in the late 16th century from Latin propagatus, the past participle of the verb propagare, which means "to set (onto a plant) a small shoot or twig cut for planting or grafting." Propagare, in turn, derives from propages, meaning "layer (of a plant), slip, offspring." It makes sense, therefore, that the earliest uses of propagate referred to facilitating the reproduction of a plant or animal. Nowadays, however, the meaning of propagate can extend to the "reproduction" of something intangible, such as an idea or belief. Incidentally, propaganda also comes to us from propagare, although it took a somewhat different route into English.
PROPAGATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of propagate for English Language Learners
: to make (something, such as an idea or belief) known to many people
: to produce (a new plant)
PROPAGATE Defined for Kids
Definition of propagate for Students
- You can propagate apple trees from seed.
- The preacher traveled to propagate his faith.
medical Definition of propagate
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