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Topic: CROPS

Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of propagare 'to breed plants from shoots', from propago 'shoot from which a new plant is produced'

propagate

verb
     
prop‧a‧gate formal
1 [transitive] formal to spread an idea, belief etc to many people:
The group launched a website to propagate its ideas.
2 [intransitive and transitive]TACDLG if you propagate plants, or if they propagate, they start to grow from a parent plant to produce new plants:
Propagate your plants in fresh soil.
3 [transitive]HB if an animal, insect, etc propagates itself or is propagated, it increases in number [= reproduce]
propagation noun [uncountable]
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