Definition of propagate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    propagate

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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. 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.
  3. Word Origin 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’).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: propagate