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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
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.
Ideally, those position battles not only generate new stars, but also propagate depth.
Award-winning Getty Images photographer John Moore captured the image of the girl crying as the border agent patted down her mother, and the photo quickly propagated across international newspapers and fundraising pages.
Uranium and plutonium are the key elements in a nuclear reaction Like the spark that ignites a fire, a nuclear chain reaction can propagate from a very small input.
They are then propagated to create more cells, and those stem cells and peptides are what are rubbed into your skin during the facial.
Though chemotherapy might kill most of the cancer, tiny populations of drug-resistant cancer cells manage to survive and 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.
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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