- 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 propagates
That's all fine and dandy, except that it propagates a potentially false story from an unsavory source.How Israeli Government Officials Fueled A Conspiracy Website Story About Iran
January 28, 2013
Man's body also grows, is nourished and propagates its kind as do plants.A History of Mediaeval Jewish Philosophy
Nothing,—not a grain of dust; but it matters much what are the sentiments he propagates.Zicci, Complete
At least the writer knows of no one who propagates them in America.Dwarf Fruit Trees
F. A. Waugh
It propagates by minute zoospores, by large quiescent spores, or by large active spores clothed with cilia.Sea-Weeds, Shells and Fossils
Man selects and propagates modifications solely for his own use or fancy, and not for the creature's own good.
- 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 propagates
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.