AskDefine | Define propagate

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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]
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, broadcast, spread, diffuse, disperse, pass around]
7 cause to propagate, as by grafting or layering
8 multiply sexually or asexually

User Contributed Dictionary



  • (UK) /ˈpɹɒpəˌgeɪt/, /"prQp@%geIt/
  • (US) /ˈpɹɑpəˌgeɪt/, /"prAp@%geIt/


  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.
  4. To multiply; to increase.
  5. To generate; to produce.
  6. To have young or issue; to be produced or multiplied by generation, or by new shoots or plants; as, rabbits propagate rapidly.


cause to continue or multiply by generation
cause to spread to extend
  • Japanese: (, denpasuru)
  • Swedish: sprida
spread from person to person
to multiply; to increase
to generate; to produce
to have young or issue


Extensive Definition

Propagation can refer to:
propagate in German: Propagation
propagate in French: Propagation
propagate in Dutch: Propagatie
propagate in Polish: Propagacja

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