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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Propagate \Prop"a*gate\, verb (used without an object) To have young or issue; to be produced or multiplied by generation, or by new shoots or plants; as, rabbits propagate rapidly.

No need that thou Should'st propagate, already infinite. --Milton.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Propagate \Prop"a*gate\, verb (used with an object) [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}, verb (used with an object)]

1. 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.

2. To cause to spread to extend; to impel or continue forward in space; as, to propagate sound or light.

3. To spread from person to person; to extend the knowledge of; to originate and spread; to carry from place to place; to disseminate; as, to propagate a story or report; to propagate the Christian religion.

The infection was propagated insensibly. --De Foe.

4. To multiply; to increase. [Obs.]

Griefs of mine own lie heavy in my breast, Which thou wilt propagate. --Shak.

5. To generate; to produce.

Motion propagated motion, and life threw off life. --De Quincey.

Syn: To multiply; continue; increase; spread; diffuse; disseminate; promote.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

propagate

verb

1: transmit from one generation to the next; "propagate these characteristics"

2: travel through the air; "sound and light propagate in this medium"

3: transmit; "propagate sound or light through air"

4: become distributed or widespread; "the infection spread"; "Optimism spread among the population" [syn: {spread}, {propagate}]

5: transmit or cause to broaden or spread; "This great civilization was propagated throughout the land"

6: cause to become widely known; "spread information"; "circulate a rumor"; "broadcast the news" [syn: {circulate}, {circularize}, {circularise}, {distribute}, {disseminate}, {propagate}, {broadcast}, {spread}, {diffuse}, {disperse}, {pass around}]

7: cause to propagate, as by grafting or layering

8: multiply sexually or asexually


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