Definition of propagate in English:


Line breaks: propa|gate
Pronunciation: /ˈprɒpəgeɪt


[with object]
  • 1Breed specimens of (a plant or animal) by natural processes from the parent stock: try propagating your own houseplants from cuttings
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    • Cultivars must be vegetatively propagated using plant tissue culture and this is a time-consuming and costly process requiring large tracts of experimental fields.
    • Gay shopped plant sales, propagated her own stock and taught her daughter how to take cuttings.
    • As with black Sampson coneflower, propagation by root division is rarely successful, so propagate this species by seed after moist stratification.
    breed, grow, cultivate, generate
    technical layer, pipe
  • 1.1 [no object] (Of a plant or animal) reproduce by natural processes: the plant propagates freely from stem cuttings
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    • Turning from the very small to the very large, mathematics has also proved useful in understanding how particular tree species propagate across a geographic region.
    • Trees can propagate sexually or vegetatively.
    • They reduce wildfire damage, help fire-dependent species propagate, and remove competing species like red maple.
  • 3 [with adverbial of direction] (With reference to motion, light, sound, etc.) transmit or be transmitted in a particular direction or through a medium: [with object]: electromagnetic effects can be propagated at a finite velocity only through material substances
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    • As light is propagated through a biological medium, components of that light are either propagated forward in the medium, absorbed by molecules, or scattered in all directions within the medium.
    • Sound waves are propagated within a medium, and simply do not exist ‘in the absence of interactions’.
    • It is only when mysteriously united to a body that spirit is brought into relationship with place or extension, and under such a condition alone, and only through such a medium, can it propagate motion.



Pronunciation: /-ˈgeɪʃ(ə)n/
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  • The sudden change of tack on the accountability issue suggest the propagation of an agenda
  • It is the propagation of stereotypes by communal outfits that gives it credibility.
  • We were certainly aware of the earthquake waves and their propagation and spread.


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  • The propagative stages of the nematode occur exclusively in adult male crickets; thus adult females crickets are refractory to infection.


late Middle English: from Latin propagat- 'multiplied from layers or shoots', from the verb propagare; related to propago 'young shoot' (from a base meaning 'fix').

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