- 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.
transitive verbpropagated, propagating
- 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 of propagate; from Classical Latin propagatus, past participle of propagare, to peg down, set ; from propago, slip for transplanting ; from pro-, before + pag-, base of pangere, to fasten: see peace
verbprop·a·gat·ed, prop·a·gat·ing, prop·a·gates
- 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 of propagateLatin prōpāgāre, prōpāgāt-; see pag- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present propagates, present participle propagating, simple past and past participle propagated)
- 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.
- To cause to spread to extend; to impel or continue forward in space; as, to propagate sound or light.
- To spread from person to person; to extend the knowledge of; to originate and spread; to carry from place to place; to disseminate
- To generate; to produce.
- (intransitive) To have young or issue; to be produced or multiplied by generation, or by new shoots or plants; as, rabbits propagate rapidly.
- (intransitive, computing) To take effect on all relevant devices in a network.
- It takes 24 hours for password changes to propagate throughout the system.
- (computing) To cause to take effect on all relevant devices in a network.
- The server propagates the password file at midnight each day.