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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
So, for instance, Rosa is a piece deeply embedded in Colombian identity, popularized over the radio and recording industries by Carlos Vives, and propagated in the world music market by Toto la Momposina.
Indeed, Sunni extremists have used the intolerant views propagated by the ideology known as Wahhabism to justify violence against others.
Because credit plays such a central role propagating the most dangerous bubbles, regulators have directed most of their attention in the postcrisis era to financial-system interventions.
Because so many companies compete around the world, weaker economic growth and sluggish inflation in one country could keep a lid on prices in other countries, propagating low inflation across continents.
But others, including a tweet propagating the false idea that William Shakespeare’s plays were secretly written by a black woman, could just as easily be seen as part of a campaign to heighten racial discord.
Intrinsic activity can only come from activating neurons in high layers and then propagating this activity back and forth around the network.
These are ripples in space, propagated at the speed of light, that are created by tumultuous astronomical events involving gargantuan bodies.
Turning a leader’s former home into a tableau for propagating his political-creation myth has a venerable precedent in the People’s Republic.
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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.
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- You can propagate apple trees from seed.
- The preacher traveled to propagate his faith.
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