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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
American eels have yet to be commercially propagated in captivity, so fishermen collect wild animals for the elver trade.
There is a secondary tuber that can be used to propagate new plants.
These deeply regressive policies have been propagated by the Trump administration, again and again.
Tips for growing begonias ▪ To propagate a new plant, cut a leaf and place its stem in moist soil; in a few months, new leaves should appear.
Contrary to the popular narrative that opponents of the MeToo movement have propagated, most women don’t like to think of themselves as victims.
Be careful not to over-fertilize, as lots of nitrogen can propagate a lush, dense plant that could attract pests and diseases, Townsend said.
For Tencent, the investment in Yonghui may help propagate the use of its WeChat Pay service, which has steadily gained market share from Alipay, a rival offering from Alibaba-affiliate Ant Financial.
Elk there and throughout California have been propagating since the late 1970s.
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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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