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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
Kentucky is suing Walgreens (wba, +1.50%), accusing the pharmacy chain of propagating the opioid crisis hitting the state.
The government has accused the activists of wanting to cultivate opium poppies and of propagating Maoist revolution.
Planting Justice also has a long-term lease on another farm for propagating trees.
Leaf Cutting Leaf cuttings are great for propagating plants with fleshy leaves, like African violets or Rex begonias.
America’s banks play a crucial role in global financial intermediation, helping to propagate changes in sentiment around the world.
When to sow milkweed seeds Milkweeds are also easy to propagate from seeds.
Rogue Valley Roses: Phoenix, Ore. Is constantly propagating new stock and if a variety isn’t available, customers can go on a waiting list ($6 fee) to be notified when their rose is available for shipping.
These also predict that gravitational waves propagate more slowly than light.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of propagate
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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