1. [ verb ] cause (plants) to propagate, as by grafting or layering
Related terms: process inoculate plant propagator
2. [ verb ] cause to become widely known
Synonyms: disseminate spread circulate distribute diffuse pass_around disperse broadcast circularise circularize

"spread information" "circulate a rumor" "broadcast the news"

Related terms: publicize canvass carry sow popularize bandy_about go_around broadcast dissemination broadcast propagation scatter dispersion dissemination circular spread circulation propagator go_around
3. [ verb ] transmit or cause to broaden or spread

"This great civilization was propagated throughout the land"

Related terms: spread propagation
4. [ verb ] (physics) transmit, as in physics

"propagate sound or light through air, for example"

Related terms: transmit
5. [ verb ] travel through the air

"sound and light propagate in this medium"

Related terms: travel propagation
6. [ verb ] transmit from one generation to the next

"propagate these characteristics"

Related terms: pass_on generation
7. [ verb ] become distributed or widespread
Synonyms: spread

"the infection spread" "Optimism spread among the population"

Related terms: move catch spread
8. [ verb ] (biology) multiply sexually or asexually, in biology
Related terms: reproduce vegetate biology
Similar spelling:   propagative