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propagateverb

uk   /ˈprɒp.ə.ɡeɪt/  us   /ˈprɑː.pə-/
  • propagate verb (GROW)

[I or T] to ​produce a new ​plant from a ​parentplant: Most ​houseplants can be propagated from ​stemcuttings. Plants need ​certainconditions to propagate. [I or T] formal (of a ​plant or ​animal) to ​produceyoungplants or ​animals
  • propagate verb (SPREAD)

[T] formal to ​spreadopinions, ​lies, or ​beliefs among a lot of ​people: The ​government have ​tried to propagate the ​belief that this is a just ​war. Such ​lies are propagated in the ​media.
propagation
noun [U] uk   /ˌprɒp.əˈɡeɪ.ʃən/  us   /ˌprɑː.pə-/
(Definition of propagate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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propagateverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈprɑp·əˌɡeɪt/
to ​produce a new ​plant from a ​parentplant, or of a ​plant or ​animal to ​reproduce To propagate ​ideas, ​opinions, or ​customs is to ​spread them among ​people, or to ​spread them to other ​places.
(Definition of propagate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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