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Definition of "propagate" []

  • To cause (an organism) to multiply or breed. (verb-transitive)
  • To breed (offspring). (verb-transitive)
  • To transmit (characteristics) from one generation to another. (verb-transitive)
  • To cause to extend to a broader area or larger number; spread: missionaries who propagate the faith. (verb-transitive)
  • To make widely known; publicize: propagate a rumor. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "propagate" in a sentence
  • "The lie that you propagate is that the ‘Filthy Left’, in which you lump everyone without a black shirt, are communists and therefore all part and parcel of the murderous history of communism."
  • "This is an idea they might well want to propagate, which is where the word “propaganda” comes from."
  • ""A key advantage of graphene lies in the very high speeds in which electrons propagate, which is essential for achieving high-speed, high-performance next generation transistors," said Dr. T.C. C.en, vice president, Science and Technology, IBM Research."