Words I Love 39 – Propagate

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verb: propagate; 3rd person present: propagates; past tense: propagated; past participle: propagated; gerund or present participle: propagating
  1. 1.
    breed specimens of (a plant or animal) by natural processes from the parent stock.
    “try propagating your own houseplants from cuttings”
    synonyms: breed, grow, cultivate, generate; More

    technicallayer, pipe
    “the plant can be easily propagated by taking leaf cuttings”
  2. 2.
    spread and promote (an idea, theory, etc.) widely.
    “the French propagated the idea that the English were drunkards”
    synonyms: spread, disseminate, communicate, pass on, put about, make known, promulgate, circulate, transmit, distribute, broadcast, publish, publicize, proclaim, preach, promote;

    “the advanced ideas drawn from the West or propagated by other leading democrats”
  3. 3.
    (with reference to motion, light, sound, etc.) transmit or be transmitted in a particular direction or through a medium.
    “electromagnetic effects can be propagated at a finite velocity only through material substances”


late Middle English: from Latin propagat- ‘multiplied from layers or shoots’, from the verb propagare ; related to propago ‘young shoot’ (from a base meaning ‘fix’).

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