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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
Turning a leader’s former home into a tableau for propagating his political-creation myth has a venerable precedent in the People’s Republic.
These are ripples in space, propagated at the speed of light, that are created by tumultuous astronomical events involving gargantuan bodies.
If, on the other hand, the epicenter occurs inland, say, in the northwestern corner of Washington state, the rupture propagates out to sea, dispersing the earthquake’s energy away from Seattle.
The trees grow vigorously, are easy to propagate and produce an impressive amount of fruit by only the second or third year.
The message itself and the groups propagating it have hardly changed in the past decade, yet its fortunes have risen dramatically since 2011.
But the company’s laissez faire approach also has been criticized for allowing harassment to propagate.
Hurricane Irma is so massive in its scope that it's already propagated a slew of viral Internet hoaxes.
Learn about planting cool weather vegetables, pruning fruit trees and berries, propagating herbs and more.
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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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