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propagate (v.)

1560s, "to cause to multiply by natural generation or reproduction" (transitive), from Latin propagatus, past participle of propagare "set forward, extend, spread, increase; multiply plants by layers, breed," from propago (genitive propaginis) "that which propagates, offspring," from pro "forth" (see pro-) + -pag, from PIE root *pag- "to fasten," source of pangere "to fasten" (see pact). Intransitive sense "reproduce one's kind" is from c. 1600. The meaning "spread from place to place or person to person" (of a belief, doctrine, etc.) is from c. 1600. Related: Propagated; propagating.

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Definitions of propagate from WordNet

propagate (v.)
transmit from one generation to the next;
propagate these characteristics
propagate (v.)
travel through the air;
sound and light propagate in this medium
propagate (v.)
transmit;
propagate sound or light through air
propagate (v.)
become distributed or widespread;
Synonyms: spread
propagate (v.)
transmit or cause to broaden or spread;
This great civilization was propagated throughout the land
propagate (v.)
cause to become widely known;
Synonyms: circulate / circularize / circularise / distribute / disseminate / broadcast / spread / diffuse / disperse / pass around
propagate (v.)
cause to propagate, as by grafting or layering;
propagate (v.)
multiply sexually or asexually;
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