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propagate

prop·a·gate

propagate

 
 
pronunciation:
pra p geIt
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
features:
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: propagated, propagates, propagating
definition 1: to reproduce (offspring) or cause to reproduce.
The botanist propagated the mutant plants.
synonyms:
reproduce
similar words:
bear, beget, breed, engender, generate, procreate, root, spawn
definition 2: to transmit by heredity.
synonyms:
transmit
definition 3: to publicize or disseminate (a doctrine, information, or the like).
synonyms:
circulate, disseminate, publicize, spread
similar words:
broadcast, diffuse, disperse, issue, noise about, promulgate, propagandize, publish, trumpet
definition 4: to cause (sound waves, heat, or the like) to move through space or matter; transmit.
synonyms:
transmit
similar words:
circulate, send
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to reproduce or breed.
synonyms:
multiply, reproduce
similar words:
bear, breed, increase, procreate, proliferate, spawn
definition 2: to move through a physical medium; be transmitted, as sound waves, heat, or the like.
similar words:
breed, circulate, diffuse, spread
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derivations: propagative (adj.), propagator (n.)
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