propagate

  • 1 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

  • 2 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

  • 3 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

  • 4 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

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

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 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

  • 7 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

  • 8 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

  • 9 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

  • 10 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

  • 11 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

  • 12 propagate — [[t]prɒ̱pəgeɪt[/t]] propagates, propagating, propagated 1) VERB If people propagate an idea or piece of information, they spread it and try to make people believe it or support it. [FORMAL] [V n] They propagated political doctrines which promised …

    English dictionary

  • 13 propagate — verb formal 1 (I, T) to grow and produce new plants or to make a plant do this: a species that propagates by spores | You can propagate these plants by root cuttings. 2 (T) to spread an idea, belief etc to many people: The group started a… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 propagate — verb 1) an easy plant to propagate Syn: breed, grow, cultivate 2) these shrubs propagate easily Syn: reproduce, multiply, proliferate, increase, spread, self seed, self sow 3) …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 15 propagate — UK [ˈprɒpəɡeɪt] / US [ˈprɑpəˌɡeɪt] verb Word forms propagate : present tense I/you/we/they propagate he/she/it propagates present participle propagating past tense propagated past participle propagated 1) [transitive] to spread ideas, beliefs etc …

    English dictionary

  • 16 propagate — verb ( gated; gating) Etymology: Latin propagatus, past participle of propagare to set slips, propagate, from propages slip, offspring, from pro before + pangere to fasten more at pro , pact Date: circa 1570 transitive verb 1. to cause to… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 17 propagate — v. [L. propagare, to propagate] 1. To transmit a wave of excitation along a nerve fiber. 2. To continue or cause to multiply …

    Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • 18 propagate — verb Propagate is used with these nouns as the object: ↑myth …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 19 propagate — prop•a•gate [[t]ˈprɒp əˌgeɪt[/t]] v. gat•ed, gat•ing 1) dvl gen to cause (an organism) to multiply by any process of natural reproduction from the parent stock 2) dvl gen to reproduce (itself, its kind, etc.), as an organism does 3) dvl gen to… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 20 propagate — [c]/ˈprɒpəgeɪt / (say propuhgayt) verb (propagated, propagating) –verb (t) 1. to cause (plants, animals, etc.) to multiply by any process of natural reproducing from the parent stock. 2. to reproduce (itself, its kind, etc.), as a plant or an… …

    Australian English dictionary