- To propagate is to breed plants or animals, to cause something to increase in number, or to spread an idea.
- An example of propagate is when you breed dogs by having the male impregnate the female.
- An example of propagate is when you spread an idea around until many people are aware of the idea in a wide geographic area.
propagate definition by Webster's New World
- to cause (a plant or animal) to reproduce itself; raise or breed
- to reproduce (itself); multiply: said of a plant or animal
- to transmit (hereditary characteristics) by reproduction
- to spread (ideas, customs, etc.) from one person or place to another
- to transmit (esp. sound waves or electromagnetic radiation) through a medium
Origin: ; from Classical Latin propagatus, past participle of propagare, to peg down, set ; from propago, slip for transplanting ; from pro-, before plush pag-, base of pangere, to fasten: see peace
propagate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb prop·a·gat·ed, prop·a·gat·ing, prop·a·gates verb, transitive
- To cause (an organism) to multiply or breed.
- To breed (offspring).
- To transmit (characteristics) from one generation to another.
- To cause to extend to a broader area or larger number; spread: missionaries who propagate the faith.
- To make widely known; publicize: propagate a rumor.
- Physics To cause (a wave, for example) to move in some direction or through a medium; transmit.
- To have offspring; multiply.
- To extend to a broader area or larger number; spread.
- Physics To move through a medium.
Origin: Latin prōpāgāre, prōpāgāt-; see pag- in Indo-European roots.
- propˈa·ga·ble adjective
- propˈa·gaˌtive adjective
- propˈa·gaˌtor noun
propagate - Medical Definition
- To cause an organism to multiply or breed.
- To breed offspring.
- To transmit characteristics from one generation to another.
- To cause to move in some direction or through a medium, such as a wave or nerve impulse.