[prom-uhl-geyt, proh-muhl-geyt]
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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

1520–30; < Latin prōmulgātus, past participle of prōmulgāre to promulge; see -ate1
Related formsprom·ul·ga·tion [prom-uhl-gey-shuhn, proh-muhl-] /ˌprɒm əlˈgeɪ ʃən, ˌproʊ məl-/, nounprom·ul·ga·tor, nounnon·prom·ul·ga·tion, nounre·prom·ul·gate, verb (used with object), re·prom·ul·gat·ed, re·prom·ul·gat··prom·ul·ga·tion, nounun·prom·ul·gat·ed, adjective

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Contemporary Examples of promulgated

  • The Law of Return was promulgated in 1951 to grant automatic Israeli citizenship to every Jew.

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    Is The Law of Return Unjust?

    Alex Stein

    May 10, 2013

Historical Examples of promulgated

British Dictionary definitions for promulgated


verb (tr)
  1. to put into effect (a law, decree, etc), esp by formal proclamation
  2. to announce or declare officially
  3. 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 promulgated



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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