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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 trees grow vigorously, are easy to propagate and produce an impressive amount of fruit by only the second or third year.
By some accounts, fewer than 10% all flowering plants yield blue flowers, and options for florists are even more limited due to the need to propagate and harvest flowers quickly.
So, his whole entire class was talking agriculture, growing plants and learning about different ways to propagate plants, basic botany stuff.
Lantanas are propagated from short stem cuttings 2 to 3 inches long.
Painted leaf, like whitetop, grows only about two or three feet tall and is best propagated from seeds, which are small and resemble tomato seeds.
The greenhouse is used for propagating plants and as a home for the tender carnivores that wouldn't survive a winter outside.
Much of the native habitat of carnivorous plants is under threat; reputable nurseries propagate without harming wild populations.
A new study reveals the mathematics underlying this phenomenon, modeling how information overload can erode an individual's ability to distinguish high-quality information from its opposite, causing falsehoods 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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