- 1[transitive] propagate something (formal) to spread an idea, a belief or a piece of information among many people Television advertising propagates a false image of the ideal family.
- 2[transitive, intransitive] propagate (something) (specialist) to produce new plants from a parent plant The plant can be propagated from seed. Plants won't propagate in these conditions. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin propagat-
BrE BrE//ˈprɒpəɡeɪt//; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːpəɡeɪt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they propagate
BrE BrE//ˈprɒpəɡeɪt//; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːpəɡeɪt//he / she / it propagates
BrE BrE//ˈprɒpəɡeɪts//; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːpəɡeɪts//past simple propagated
BrE BrE//ˈprɒpəɡeɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːpəɡeɪtɪd//past participle propagated
BrE BrE//ˈprɒpəɡeɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːpəɡeɪtɪd//-ing form propagating
BrE BrE//ˈprɒpəɡeɪtɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːpəɡeɪtɪŋ//