- 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 propagate
Anti-abortion organizations tend to tend to propagate the idea that the procedure is dangerous and unproven.Abortion Complications Are Rare, No Matter What the Right Says
December 8, 2014
Those who propagate it are considered paranoids or activists with an axe to grind.Did Putin Blow Up the Whole Polish Government in 2010? A Second Look.
April 11, 2014
Neocon supporters of Netanyahu like David Frum propagate this view as well.How Obama's Change Message Can Go Global
May 18, 2009
He was stern but never oppressive – we knew abuse of power and would not propagate it in our personal lives.How I Fell in Love in Prison
March 13, 2009
But they have come into existence, and they propagate their wretched race.The Uncommercial Traveller
The variety is difficult to propagate and, therefore, not in favor with nurserymen.Manual of American Grape-Growing
U. P. Hedrick
Why then not propagate the system of these happy districts in Ireland?The O'Donoghue
Charles James Lever
What right have they to propagate the rottenness of their minds and bodies?The Crooked House
In his selection he must have a certain model in his eye, such as he wishes to propagate.Cattle and Cattle-breeders
- 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 propagate
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.