promulgate

[ prom-uhl-geyt, proh-muhl-geyt ]
/ ˈprɒm əlˌgeɪt, proʊˈmʌl geɪt /

verb (used with object), prom·ul·gat·ed, prom·ul·gat·ing.

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.).

Nearby words

  1. prompter,
  2. prompting,
  3. promptitude,
  4. promptly,
  5. promptness,
  6. promulgation,
  7. promulge,
  8. promycelium,
  9. promyelocyte,
  10. pron.

Origin of promulgate

1520–30; < Latin prōmulgātus, past participle of prōmulgāre to promulge; see -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for promulgate

promulgate

/ (ˈprɒməlˌɡeɪt) /

verb (tr)

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 Formspromulgation, nounpromulgator, noun

Word Origin for promulgate

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

promulgate

v.

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.).

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