propagate


propagate
propagative, propagatory /prop"euh geuh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/, adj.propagator, n.
/prop"euh gayt'/, v., propagated, propagating.
v.t.
1. to cause (an organism) to multiply by any process of natural reproduction from the parent stock.
2. to reproduce (itself, its kind, etc.), as an organism does.
3. to transmit (hereditary features or elements) to, or through, offspring.
4. to spread (a report, doctrine, practice, etc.) from person to person; disseminate.
5. to cause to increase in number or amount.
6. to create (an effect) at a distance, as by electromagnetic waves, compression waves, etc., traveling through space or a physical medium; transmit: to propagate sound.
v.i.
7. to multiply by any process of natural reproduction, as organisms; breed.
8. to increase in extent, as a structural flaw: The crack will propagate only to this joint.
9. (of electromagnetic waves, compression waves, etc.) to travel through space or a physical medium.
[1560-70; < L propagatus (ptp. of propagare to reproduce (a plant) by cuttings, spread for sprouting, propagate, enlarge), equiv. to propag(es) something set out, scion, slip (pro- PRO-1 + pag-, base of pangere to fasten + -es n. suffix) + -atus -ATE1]

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  • Propagate — 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 rapidly. [1913 Webster] No need that thou Should st propagate, already infinite. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • propagate — [v1] breed, reproduce bear, beget, engender, father, fecundate, fertilize, generate, grow, impregnate, increase, inseminate, make pregnant, mother, multiply, originate, procreate, produce, proliferate, raise, sire; concept 374 Ant. destroy, kill… …   New thesaurus

  • propagate — I (increase) verb be fruitful, bear, beget, breed, bring into being, continue, create, engender, father, fecundate, generate, gignere, give birth, multiply, originate, procreare, procreate, produce, progenerate, proliferate, pullulate, reproduce …   Law dictionary

  • propagate — 1560s, from pp. stem of L. propagare (see PROPAGATION (Cf. propagation)). Related: Propagated; propagating …   Etymology dictionary

  • propagate — 1 *generate, engender, breed, beget, procreate, sire, reproduce Analogous words: *increase, multiply, augment: *continue, persist: *extend, lengthen, prolong 2 *spread, circul …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • propagate — ► VERB 1) breed by natural processes from the parent stock. 2) promote (an idea, knowledge, etc.) widely. 3) transmit in a particular direction. DERIVATIVES propagation noun. ORIGIN Latin propagare multiply from layers or shoots …   English terms dictionary

  • propagate — [präp′ə gāt΄] vt. propagated, propagating [< L propagatus, pp. of propagare, to peg down, set < propago, slip for transplanting < pro , before + pag , base of pangere, to fasten: see PEACE] 1. to cause (a plant or animal) to reproduce… …   English World dictionary

  • propagate — verb /ˈpɹɒpəˌɡeɪt,ˈpɹɑpəˌɡeɪt/ a) 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. It takes 24 hours for… …   Wiktionary

  • propagate — prop|a|gate [ˈprɔpəgeıt US ˈpra: ] v formal [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of propagare to breed plants from shoots , from propago shoot from which a new plant is produced ] 1.) [T] formal to spread an idea, belief etc to… …   Dictionary of contemporary English


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