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propagate

[ prop-uh-geyt ]
/ 藞pr蓲p 蓹藢ge瑟t /
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Origin of propagate

First recorded in 1560鈥70; from Latin prop膩g膩tus (past participle of prop膩g膩re 鈥渢o reproduce (a plant) by cuttings, spread for sprouting, propagate, enlarge),鈥 equivalent to prop膩g(膿s) 鈥渟omething set out, scion, slip鈥 (pro- pro-1 + p膩g-, base of pangere 鈥渢o fasten鈥 + -膿s noun suffix) + -膩tus -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for propagate

propagate
/ (藞pr蓲p蓹藢伞e瑟t) /

verb
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

Derived forms of propagate

propagation, nounpropagational, adjectivepropagative, adjective

Word Origin for propagate

C16: from Latin prop膩g膩re to increase (plants) by cuttings, from prop膩g膿s a cutting, from pangere to fasten
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Medical definitions for propagate

propagate
[ pr艔p蓹-g膩t鈥 ]

v.
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.
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