- to make known by open declaration; publish; proclaim formally or put into operation (a law, decree of a court, etc.).
- to set forth or teach publicly (a creed, doctrine, etc.).
Origin of promulgate
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Examples from the Web for promulgate
The federal and state governments, at their core, establish laws and promulgate rules.How Cities Are Fixing America
Bruce Katz, Jennifer Bradley
June 17, 2013
Are you going to promulgate that doctrine at the Suffrage League?Miss Pat at School
It was for him to promulgate the Imperial laws, sometimes to put forth edicts of his own.Theodoric the Goth
No greater earnestness was ever given by man to promulgate a Gospel.Ariadne Florentina
And as soon as he made this discovery he hastened to promulgate it.Cruel As The Grave
Mrs. Emma D. E. N. Southworth
But the President and Secretary had no right to promulgate any such order.Thirty Years' View (Vol. I of 2)
Thomas Hart Benton
- to put into effect (a law, decree, etc), esp by formal proclamation
- to announce or declare officially
- to make widespread
Word Origin and History for promulgate
1520s, from Latin promulgatus, past participle of promulgare "make publicly known, propose openly, publish," perhaps altered from provulgare, from pro- "forth" (see pro-) + vulgare "make public, publish." Or the second element might be from mulgere "to milk" (see milk (n.)), used metaphorically for "cause to emerge." Related: Promulgated; promulgating. The earlier verb in English was promulge (late 15c.).