prop·a·gate /ˈprɑpəˌget/ 動詞
Prop·a·gate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Propagated p. pr. & vb. n. Propagating.]
1. To cause to continue or multiply by generation, or successive production; -- applied to animals and plants; as, to propagate a breed of horses or sheep; to propagate a species of fruit tree.
2. To cause to spread to extend; to impel or continue forward in space; as, to propagate sound or light.
3. To spread from person to person; to extend the knowledge of; to originate and spread; to carry from place to place; to disseminate; as, to propagate a story or report; to propagate the Christian religion.
The infection was propagated insensibly. --De Foe.
4. To multiply; to increase. [Obs.]
Griefs of mine own lie heavy in my breast,
Which thou wilt propagate. --Shak.
5. To generate; to produce.
Motion propagated motion, and life threw off life. --De Quincey.
Syn: -- To multiply; continue; increase; spread; diffuse; disseminate; promote.
Prop·a·gate, v. i. To have young or issue; to be produced or multiplied by generation, or by new shoots or plants; as, rabbits propagate rapidly.
No need that thou
Should'st propagate, already infinite. --Milton.
v 1: transmit from one generation to the next; "propagate these
2: travel through the air; "sound and light propagate in this
3: transmit; "propagate sound or light through air"
4: become distributed or widespread; "the infection spread";
"Optimism spread among the population" [syn: spread]
5: transmit or cause to broaden or spread; "This great
civilization was propagated throughout the land"
6: cause to become widely known; "spread information";
"circulate a rumor"; "broadcast the news" [syn: circulate,
circularize, circularise, distribute, disseminate,
broadcast, spread, diffuse, disperse, pass
7: cause to propagate, as by grafting or layering
8: multiply sexually or asexually