Propagate
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]


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  • Propagate — 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.] [1913… …   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

  • 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 …   Universalium

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