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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
The seeds and plants that survived lengthy ocean voyages back to Europe were eagerly propagated in commercial nurseries and university gardens.
The Mahdi army also propagated the widespread corruption that has plagued Iraq for more than a decade.
Around the denser filament there appear to be striations in the gas that astronomers suspected might be caused by waves propagating through the cloud.
Gravity and gravitational waves propagate at the speed of light, with extremely high precision—which is not at all what was predicted by those [alternative] theories.
So in an effort to keep up with tequila’s explosive popularity, growers and distillers propagate their stock with clonal cuttings.
Investigators noted that Rodger was motivated by a personal grievance related to the extremist ideological subculture of men's rights activists propagated in online forums, such as 4Chan, Campbell said.
In other words, by conforming to an archetype (in this case a racist one), teams may be not only propagating damaging stereotypes but also costing themselves valuable wins.
These propagate as waves down the cable with a speed that is partially given by the properties of the dielectric material.
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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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