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propagate

[prop-uh-geyt] /ˈprɒp əˌgeɪt/
verb (used with object), propagated, propagating.
1.
to cause (an organism) to multiply by any process of natural reproduction from the parent stock.
2.
to reproduce (itself, its kind, etc.), as an organism does.
3.
to transmit (hereditary features or elements) to, or through, offspring.
4.
to spread (a report, doctrine, practice, etc.) from person to person; disseminate.
5.
to cause to increase in number or amount.
6.
to create (an effect) at a distance, as by electromagnetic waves, compression waves, etc., traveling through space or a physical medium; transmit:
to propagate sound.
verb (used without object), propagated, propagating.
7.
to multiply by any process of natural reproduction, as organisms; breed.
8.
to increase in extent, as a structural flaw:
The crack will propagate only to this joint.
9.
(of electromagnetic waves, compression waves, etc.) to travel through space or a physical medium.
Origin
1560-1570
1560-70; < Latin propāgātus (past participle of propāgāre to reproduce (a plant) by cuttings, spread for sprouting, propagate, enlarge), equivalent to propāg(ēs) something set out, scion, slip (pro- pro-1 + pāg-, base of pangere to fasten + -ēs noun suffix) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
propagative, propagatory
[prop-uh-guh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈprɒp ə gəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective
propagator, noun
nonpropagative, adjective
self-propagated, adjective
self-propagating, adjective
unpropagated, adjective
unpropagative, adjective
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  • Increased human populations have increased the chances of a virus successfully propagating among humans once it has made the jump.
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  • The waves are attenuating, or propagating, toward the surface.
  • From generation to generation they mutate into forms that trick their host systems into propagating them.
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  • The intensity pattern more or less matched that predicted by a computer simulation of the propagating twisted beam.
British Dictionary definitions for propagating

propagate

/ˈprɒpəˌɡeɪt/
verb
1.
(biology) to reproduce or cause to reproduce; breed
2.
(transitive) (horticulture) to produce (plants) by layering, grafting, cuttings, etc
3.
(transitive) to promulgate; disseminate
4.
(physics) to move through, cause to move through, or transmit, esp in the form of a wave: to propagate sound
5.
(transitive) to transmit (characteristics) from one generation to the next
Derived Forms
propagation, noun
propagational, adjective
propagative, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin propāgāre to increase (plants) by cuttings, from propāgēs a cutting, from pangere to fasten
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Word Origin and History for propagating

propagate

v.

1560s, "to cause to multiply," from Latin propagatus, past participle of propagare "to set forward, extend, procreate" (see propagation). Intransitive sense "reproduce one's kind" is from c.1600. Related: Propagated; propagating.

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propagating in Medicine

propagate prop·a·gate (prŏp'ə-gāt')
v. prop·a·gat·ed, prop·a·gat·ing, prop·a·gates

  1. To cause an organism to multiply or breed.

  2. To breed offspring.

  3. To transmit characteristics from one generation to another.

  4. To cause to move in some direction or through a medium, such as a wave or a nerve impulse.

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