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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
Boosting the prospects of a relative’s child — kinship selection — does help propagate at least a few of an individual’s genes, and thus seems a good general explanation for self-sacrificing behavior.
Not all of these fractures formed at the same time, but followed a sequence starting in the Afar region in northern Ethiopia at around 30m years ago and propagating southwards towards Zimbabwe at a mean rate of between 2.5-5cm a year.
Lack of confidence in media helps rumors spread, and encourages misinformation that is propagated and disseminated by media that does not respect any journalistic standards or ethics.
But propagating fake news on a platform to support one candidate over another is a problem.
In the mid-2000s, when honeybees were really struggling, several companies started propagating blue orchard bees inside large, netted production cages.
Another former classmate informed The Daily Beast that the shooter had a history of making racist remarks and propagating white supremacy.
Vine cuttings were imported in 1989, released from quarantine in 1992, then propagated.
The only real fix for Meltdown is to eventually physically replace all the chips, a change which will take at least a full hardware generation to propagate.
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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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