[ prop-uh-gan-dahyz ]
/ ˌprɒp əˈgæn daɪz /

verb (used with object), prop·a·gan·dized, prop·a·gan·diz·ing.

to propagate or publicize (principles, dogma, etc.) by means of propaganda.
to subject to propaganda: to propagandize enemy countries.

verb (used without object), prop·a·gan·dized, prop·a·gan·diz·ing.

to carry on or disseminate propaganda.

Nearby words

  1. prop.,
  2. propaedeutic,
  3. propagable,
  4. propaganda,
  5. propagandist,
  6. propagate,
  7. propagation,
  8. propagative,
  9. propagator,
  10. propagule

Also especially British, prop·a·gan·dise.

Origin of propagandize

First recorded in 1835–45; propagand(a) + -ize Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for propagandize

  • I do not try to propagandize him, and I see some good characteristics in communism.

    Warren Commission (9 of 26): Hearings Vol. IX (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • To supplement the formal media of communication, there are about 25,000 Party agitators who propagandize among the masses.

  • They also propagandize against religion and such so-called crimes as laziness and indifference.

  • They cannot create policy, not even the policy of propaganda; but they can propagandize.

    Proclaim Liberty!|Gilbert Seldes

British Dictionary definitions for propagandize



/ (ˌprɒpəˈɡændaɪz) /


(tr) to spread by propaganda
(tr) to subject to propaganda
(intr) to spread or organize propaganda
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for propagandize



1841, from propaganda + -ize. Related: Propagandized; propagandizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper