[prom-uhl-geyt, proh-muhl-geyt]
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.).

1520–30; < Latin prōmulgātus, past participle of prōmulgāre to promulge; see -ate1

promulgation [prom-uhl-gey-shuhn, proh-muhl-] , noun
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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promulgate (ˈprɒməlˌɡeɪt, prəʊˈmʌldʒ)
1.  to put into effect (a law, decree, etc), esp by formal proclamation
2.  to announce or declare officially
3.  to make widespread
[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 & History

1530, from L. promulgatus, pp. of promulgare "make publicly known," perhaps from provulgare, from pro- "forth" + vulgare "make public, publish." Or the second element may be from mulgere "to milk," used metaphorically for "cause to emerge."
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Example sentences
The law will be effective one month after its promulgation.
Soon after the promulgation of the sentences the friends and relatives of the prisoners began to arrive at the arsenal.
They feared it would encourage premature decisions and their promulgation before careful review.
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