propagate

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verb prop·a·gate \ˈprä-pə-ˌgāt\

Definition of propagate

propagated

propagating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cause to continue or increase by sexual or asexual reproduction

  3. 2 :  to pass along to offspring

  4. 3 a :  to cause to spread out and affect a greater number or greater area :  extend b :  to foster growing knowledge of, familiarity with, or acceptance of (as an idea or belief) :  publicize c :  to transmit (as sound or light) through a medium

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to multiply sexually or asexually

  7. 2 :  increase, extend

  8. 3 :  to travel through space or a material —used of wave energy (as light, sound, or radio waves)

propagative

play \-ˌgā-tiv\ adjective

propagator

play \-ˌgā-tər\ noun

Examples of propagate in a sentence

  1. We are discovering new ways to propagate plants without seeds.

  2. He propagated the apple tree by grafting.

  3. The plants failed to propagate.

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

Latin propagatus, past participle of propagare to set slips, propagate, from propages slip, offspring, from pro- before + pangere to fasten — more at pro-, pact


First Known Use: circa 1570


PROPAGATE Defined for English Language Learners

propagate

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verb prop·a·gate \ˈprä-pə-ˌgāt\

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

propagate

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verb prop·a·gate \ˈprä-pə-ˌgāt\

Definition of propagate for Students

propagated

propagating

  1. 1 :  to have or cause to have offspring :  multiply <You can propagate apple trees from seed.>

  2. 2 :  to cause (as an idea or belief) to spread out and affect a greater number or wider area <The preacher traveled to propagate his faith.>


Medical Dictionary

propagate

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verb prop·a·gate \ˈpräp-ə-ˌgāt\

Medical Definition of propagate

propagated

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propagating

  1. 1

  2. transitive verb

  3. :  to cause to continue or increase by sexual or asexual reproduction

  4. 2:  to cause to spread or to be transmitted

  5. intransitive verb

  6. :  to multiply sexually or asexually

propagable

\ˈpräp-ə-gə-bəl\play adjective

propagative

\-ˌgāt-iv\play adjective


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