- to cause (an organism) to multiply by any process of natural reproduction from the parent stock.
- to reproduce (itself, its kind, etc.), as an organism does.
- to transmit (hereditary features or elements) to, or through, offspring.
- to spread (a report, doctrine, practice, etc.) from person to person; disseminate.
- to cause to increase in number or amount.
- to create (an effect) at a distance, as by electromagnetic waves, compression waves, etc., traveling through space or a physical medium; transmit: to propagate sound.
- to multiply by any process of natural reproduction, as organisms; breed.
- to increase in extent, as a structural flaw: The crack will propagate only to this joint.
- (of electromagnetic waves, compression waves, etc.) to travel through space or a physical medium.
Origin of propagate
Examples from the Web for propagated
Spread happens easily, however, and epidemics are propagated when the third form of plague occurs: pneumonia plague.Bubonic Plague Is Back (but It Never Really Left)
November 27, 2014
Three reasons; first of all I am an immigrant and the work of immigrants was not propagated in the Soviet Union.Punks, UFOs, and Heroin: How ‘Liquid Sky’ Became a Cult Movie
June 2, 2014
The Daily Beast presents seven more crazy ideas about rape that have been propagated by politicians and frat boys over the years.Rep. Todd Akin & 7 More Crazy Rape Statements
August 20, 2012
But the feeling excited by the incident was propagated out of doors.Andr
It grows on high ground, in rich soil, and is propagated by seeds.
To him the only "orders" and "succession" were those which propagated the Gospel.Charles Carleton Coffin
William Elliot Griffis, D. D.
Such buds can be propagated by grafting, &c., and sometimes by seed.On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection
He not only misled his immediate followers, but propagated his spirit.
- biology to reproduce or cause to reproduce; breed
- (tr) horticulture to produce (plants) by layering, grafting, cuttings, etc
- (tr) to promulgate; disseminate
- physics to move through, cause to move through, or transmit, esp in the form of a waveto propagate sound
- (tr) to transmit (characteristics) from one generation to the next
Word Origin and History for propagated
1560s, "to cause to multiply," from Latin propagatus, past participle of propagare "to set forward, extend, procreate" (see propagation). Intransitive sense "reproduce one's kind" is from c.1600. Related: Propagated; propagating.
- To cause an organism to multiply or breed.
- To breed offspring.
- To transmit characteristics from one generation to another.
- To cause to move in some direction or through a medium, such as a wave or nerve impulse.