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

  • transitive v. To make known (a decree, for example) by public declaration; announce officially. See Synonyms at announce.
  • transitive v. To put (a law) into effect by formal public announcement.

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  • v. To make known or public.
  • v. To put into effect as a regulation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To make known by open declaration, as laws, decrees, or tidings; to publish.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make known by open declaration, as laws, decrees, or tidings; publish; announce; proclaim.
  • Synonyms Declare, Announce, Proclaim, etc. See announce.

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

  • v. state or announce
  • v. put a law into effect by formal declaration


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

Latin prōmulgāre, prōmulgāt-.

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From Latin promulgatus, past participle of promulgō ("I make known, publish"), either from provulgō ("I make known, publish"), from pro ("forth") + vulgō ("I publish") or mulgeō ("I milk"), latter used in metaphorical sense of “to bring forth”. Compare promulge.


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  • prom-uhl-geyt, proh-muhl-geyt

    –verb (used with object), -gat·ed, -gat·ing. 1. to make known by open declaration; publish; proclaim formally or put into operation (a law, decree of a court, etc.).

    2. to set forth or teach publicly (a creed, doctrine, etc.).

    September 22, 2008

  • How odd that I would happen upon your commentary while submitting new words. I believe this one is a favorite of our World History book's authors?

    March 3, 2008

  • Also, something like propagate.

    December 4, 2007