[ prom-uhl-geyt ]
See synonyms for: promulgatepromulgated on

verb (used with object),prom·ul·gat·ed, prom·ul·gat·ing.
  1. to make known by open declaration; publish; proclaim formally or put into operation (a law, decree of a court, etc.).

  2. to set forth or teach publicly (a creed, doctrine, etc.).

Origin of promulgate

First recorded in 1520–30; from Latin prōmulgātus, past participle of prōmulgāre “to make known, promulgate”; see promulge, -ate1

Other words for promulgate

Other words from promulgate

  • prom·ul·ga·tion [prom-uhl-gey-shuhn], /ˌprɒm əlˈgeɪ ʃən/, noun
  • prom·ul·ga·tor, noun
  • re·prom·ul·gate, verb (used with object), re·prom·ul·gat·ed, re·prom·ul·gat·ing.

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How to use promulgate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for promulgate


/ (ˈprɒməlˌɡeɪt) /

  1. to put into effect (a law, decree, etc), esp by formal proclamation

  2. to announce or declare officially

  1. to make widespread

Origin of 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
  • Also (archaic): promulge (prəʊˈmʌldʒ)

Derived forms of promulgate

  • promulgation, noun
  • promulgator, noun

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