Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To cause (an organism) to multiply or breed.
  • transitive v. To breed (offspring).
  • transitive v. To transmit (characteristics) from one generation to another.
  • transitive v. To cause to extend to a broader area or larger number; spread: missionaries who propagate the faith.
  • transitive v. To make widely known; publicize: propagate a rumor.
  • transitive v. Physics To cause (a wave, for example) to move in some direction or through a medium; transmit.
  • intransitive v. To have offspring; multiply.
  • intransitive v. To extend to a broader area or larger number; spread.
  • intransitive v. Physics To move through a medium.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. 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.
  • v. To cause to spread to extend; to impel or continue forward in space; as, to propagate sound or light.
  • v. To spread from person to person; to extend the knowledge of; to originate and spread; to carry from place to place; to disseminate
  • v. To multiply; to increase.
  • v. To generate; to produce.
  • v. To have young or issue; to be produced or multiplied by generation, or by new shoots or plants; as, rabbits propagate rapidly.
  • v. To take effect on all relevant devices in a network.
  • v. To cause to take effect on all relevant devices in a network.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To have young or issue; to be produced or multiplied by generation, or by new shoots or plants.
  • transitive v. To cause to continue or multiply by generation, or successive production; -- applied to animals and plants
  • transitive v. To cause to spread to extend; to impel or continue forward in space.
  • transitive v. To spread from person to person; to extend the knowledge of; to originate and spread; to carry from place to place; to disseminate
  • transitive v. To multiply; to increase.
  • transitive v. To generate; to produce.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To multiply or continue by natural generation or reproduction; cause to reproduce itself: applied to plants and animals: as, to propagate fruittrees; to propagate a breed of horses or sheep.
  • To transmit or spread from person to person or from place to place; carry forward or onward; diffuse; extend: as, to propagate a report; to propagate the Christian religion.
  • To promote; augment; increase.
  • To produce; originate; invent.
  • To scatter; disperse.
  • Synonyms To increase, spread, disseminate.
  • To be multiplied or reproduced by generation, or by new shoots or plants; bear young.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. cause to propagate, as by grafting or layering
  • v. cause to become widely known
  • v. transmit
  • v. travel through the air
  • v. multiply sexually or asexually
  • v. transmit from one generation to the next
  • v. transmit or cause to broaden or spread
  • v. become distributed or widespread

Etymologies

Latin prōpāgāre, prōpāgāt-; see pag- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • 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.

    Think Progress » ThinkFast: May 19, 2006

  • This is an idea they might well want to propagate, which is where the word “propaganda” comes from.

    Right-wing propaganda revisited: A reply to readers

  • "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.

    Tom's hardware UK

  • "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 T C Chen, vice president, science and technology, IBM Research.

    iTWire - IT and Telecommunications news views and jobs

  • "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 Chen, vice president, science and technology, IBM Research.

    Domain-b Brand Dossier

  • Alternatively, the script can call the propagate method on the output message assembly object to manually propagate the assembly to a terminal (pass the terminal name as the parameter).

    LXer Linux News

  • As Gandhians or as rationalists we are free to decry their views, but the Indian Constitution gives each Indian the right to '' propagate '' his religion -- and to challenge that right would, in the most fundamental sense, be unconstitutional.

    Shashi Tharoor: Respect an Individual's Decision

  • This type of model is very, very hard to get right, because the errors "propagate".

    Watts Up With That?

  • And what does he think it means to "propagate" a propensity?

    Brain-Terminal.com Full Feed

  • This course describes how radio waves travel through space, or "propagate," and how their effectiveness changes as they travel.

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  • Tissue cultures are isolated from a mushroom and propagated on a suitable substrate.

    January 24, 2011