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[prom-uh l-geyt, proh-muhl-geyt] /ˈprɒm əlˌgeɪt, proʊˈmʌl geɪt/
verb (used with object), promulgated, promulgating.
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
1520-30; < Latin prōmulgātus, past participle of prōmulgāre to promulge; see -ate1
Related forms
[prom-uh l-gey-shuh n, proh-muh l-] /ˌprɒm əlˈgeɪ ʃən, ˌproʊ məl-/ (Show IPA),
promulgator, noun
nonpromulgation, noun
repromulgate, verb (used with object), repromulgated, repromulgating.
repromulgation, noun
unpromulgated, adjective
1. announce, issue, declare. 2. advocate. Unabridged
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  • I have no ambition to start a theory nor to promulgate a doctrine; above all things I have no desire to provoke an argument.

    There is no Death Florence Marryatt
  • And as soon as he made this discovery he hastened to promulgate it.

    Cruel As The Grave Mrs. Emma D. E. N. Southworth
  • The king ordered M. de Montmagny to promulgate these letters.

  • Are you going to promulgate that doctrine at the Suffrage League?

    Miss Pat at School Pemberton Ginther
  • It is the Powers themselves who promulgate contemporary opinion, as they develop in apparent circles.

    The Road to Damascus August Strindberg
  • It was for him to promulgate the Imperial laws, sometimes to put forth edicts of his own.

    Theodoric the Goth Thomas Hodgkin
  • The result of this was the drawing up of severe enactments against heretics, which he was obliged to promulgate in February, 1234.

  • But the President and Secretary had no right to promulgate any such order.

  • But even he finds it necessary to promulgate his truisms in the disguise of sensational novelties.

    Six Major Prophets Edwin Emery Slosson
British Dictionary definitions for promulgate


verb (transitive)
to put into effect (a law, decree, etc), esp by formal proclamation
to announce or declare officially
to make widespread
Also (archaic) promulge (prəʊˈmʌldʒ)
Derived Forms
promulgation, noun
promulgator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin prōmulgāre to bring to public knowledge; probably related to provulgāre to publicize, from pro-1 + vulgāre to make common, from vulgus the common people
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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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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