Definitions for: Propagate

[v] multiply sexually or asexually, in biology
[v] cause (plants) to propagate, as by grafting or layering
[v] cause to become widely known; "spread information"; "circulate a rumor"; "broadcast the news"
[v] transmit or cause to broaden or spread; "This great civilization was propagated throughout the land"
[v] become distributed or widespread; "the infection spread"; "Optimism spread among the population"
[v] transmit, as in physics; "propagate sound or light through air, for example"
[v] travel through the air; "sound and light propagate in this medium"
[v] transmit from one generation to the next; "propagate these characteristics"

Webster (1913) Definition: Prop"a*gate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Propagated; p.
pr. & vb. n. Propagating.] [L. propagatus, p. p. of
propagare to propagate, akin to propages, propago, a layer of
a plant, slip, shoot. See Pro-, and cf. Pact, Prop,
Prune, v. t.]
1. To cause to continue or multiply by generation, or
successive production; -- applied to animals and plants;
as, to propagate a breed of horses or sheep; to propagate
a species of fruit tree.

2. To cause to spread to extend; to impel or continue forward
in space; as, to propagate sound or light.

3. To spread from person to person; to extend the knowledge
of; to originate and spread; to carry from place to place;
to disseminate; as, to propagate a story or report; to
propagate the Christian religion.

The infection was propagated insensibly. --De Foe.

4. To multiply; to increase. [Obs.]

Griefs of mine own lie heavy in my breast, Which
thou wilt propagate. --Shak.

5. To generate; to produce.

Motion propagated motion, and life threw off life.
--De Quincey.

Syn: To multiply; continue; increase; spread; diffuse;
disseminate; promote.

Prop"a*gate, v. i.
To have young or issue; to be produced or multiplied by
generation, or by new shoots or plants; as, rabbits propagate

No need that thou Should'st propagate, already
infinite. --Milton.

Synonyms: broadcast, circularise, circularize, circulate, diffuse, disperse, disseminate, distribute, pass around, spread

See Also: air, bare, carry, catch, channel, channelise, channelize, distribute, generalise, generalize, go, go around, inoculate, locomote, move, move, multiply, pass on, popularise, popularize, procreate, propagate, publicise, publicize, reproduce, run, sough, sow, spread, transfer, transmit, transport, travel, vegetate, vulgarise, vulgarize

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