verb (used with object), prop·a·gat·ed, prop·a·gat·ing.
verb (used without object), prop·a·gat·ed, prop·a·gat·ing.
Origin of propagate
Examples from the Web for self-propagating
I was obliged, in fact, to brace myself, to reason it out again that right was self-propagating and wrong necessarily sterile.The High Heart|Basil King
Judging from all available evidence, the granules are self-propagating units; that is, they can grow and reproduce themselves.Being Well-Born|Michael F. Guyer
It is self-propagating, from the fact of its lower branches rooting where they touch the soil.
Organisms possess in themselves formative power of a self-propagating kind, which they communicate to their materials.
Our Baptist mission churches are fast becoming models of self-supporting, self-governing, and self-propagating bodies.A Tour of the Missions|Augustus Hopkins Strong
Word Origin 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.