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1  —as in:
propagate the idea
Definition to spread
  • The spread of the Roman Empire helped to propagate the idea throughout Europe.
propagate = spread
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Her blog propagates preposterous rumors.
  • propagates = spreads
  • Silence propagates itself, and the longer talk has been suspended, the more difficult it is to find anything to say.
    Samuel Johnson
  • Unlike radio waves, sound does not propagate through a vacuum.
  • The book had been published at Detroit by the Society for the Propagation of Fordian Knowledge.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • propagation = spread
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • This great civilization was propagated throughout the land.

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2  —as in:
propagate the species
Definition to reproduce or copy
  • The plant is typically propagated by seed or cuttings.
propagated = reproduced
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • To get a genetically identical plant, you'll need to propagate it with cuttings.
  • propagate = reproduce
  • From the strong principle of inheritance, any selected variety will tend to propagate its new and modified form.
    Darwin, Charles  --  The Origin of Species
  •   Griefs of mine own lie heavy in my breast,
      Which thou wilt propagate, to have it prest
      With more of thine.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • propagate = multiply
  • Their love for man, their zeal for God's service—these holy impulses may or may not coexist in their hearts with the evil inmates to which their guilt has unbarred the door, and which must needs propagate a hellish breed within them.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • propagate = reproduce
  • Even if they were to leave Europe and inhabit the deserts of the new world, yet one of the first results of those sympathies for which the daemon thirsted would be children, and a race of devils would be propagated upon the earth who might make the very existence of the species of man a condition precarious and full of terror.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • propagated = reproduced
  • Life was the propagation of more life and the living of as good a life is possible.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • propagation = reproduction
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • There is not a drop of Tom's corrupted blood but propagates infection and contagion somewhere.
    Dickens, Charles  --  Bleak House

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Less commonly:
Physics:  the movement of sound or light through a medium (such as water)

Of organisms:  Propagate can reference natural reproduction or the cultivation of plants or breeding of animals by humans.

Computer science:  The replication of data or a condition across a network.
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