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[prom-uh l-geyt, proh-muhl-geyt] /ˈprɒm əlˌgeɪt, proʊˈmʌl geɪt/
verb (used with object), promulgated, promulgating.
to make known by open declaration; publish; proclaim formally or put into operation (a law, decree of a court, etc.).
to set forth or teach publicly (a creed, doctrine, etc.).
Origin of promulgate
1520-30; < Latin prōmulgātus, past participle of prōmulgāre to promulge; see -ate1
Related forms
[prom-uh l-gey-shuh n, proh-muh l-] /ˌprɒm əlˈgeɪ ʃən, ˌproʊ məl-/ (Show IPA),
promulgator, noun
nonpromulgation, noun
repromulgate, verb (used with object), repromulgated, repromulgating.
repromulgation, noun
unpromulgated, adjective
1. announce, issue, declare. 2. advocate. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for promulgated
  • Before adjourning a declaration of principles was promulgated.
  • They certainly are not promulgated publicly using clearly defined terms.
  • That's the problem with having thousands of pages of regulations promulgated every month.
  • Tragically, people are dying unnecessarily as a result of misinformation promulgated by this group.
  • That's the gist of one of the more noteworthy anti-bubble arguments, promulgated by a fictional character.
  • The following order in hereby for the information and warning of all concerned promulgated.
  • And one must say, alas, that this view has been promulgated by supposedly serious economists.
  • Yes, astronomers believed that and promulgated that idea, but they were wrong.
  • It merely means that there is promulgated the illusion that critics have something to add.
  • Please note that some of the listed standards are promulgated and some are in draft form.
British Dictionary definitions for promulgated


verb (transitive)
to put into effect (a law, decree, etc), esp by formal proclamation
to announce or declare officially
to make widespread
Also (archaic) promulge (prəʊˈmʌldʒ)
Derived Forms
promulgation, noun
promulgator, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin prōmulgāre to bring to public knowledge; probably related to provulgāre to publicize, from pro-1 + vulgāre to make common, from vulgus the common people
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Word Origin and History for promulgated



1520s, from Latin promulgatus, past participle of promulgare "make publicly known, propose openly, publish," perhaps altered from provulgare, from pro- "forth" (see pro-) + vulgare "make public, publish." Or the second element might be from mulgere "to milk" (see milk (n.)), used metaphorically for "cause to emerge." Related: Promulgated; promulgating. The earlier verb in English was promulge (late 15c.).

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