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English verb: propagate

1. propagate (possession) transmit from one generation to the next

SamplesPropagate these characteristics.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody

Broader (hypernym)pass on

2. propagate (motion) travel through the air

SamplesSound and light propagate in this medium.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel

Verb grouppropagate

3. propagate (contact) transmit

SamplesPropagate sound or light through air.

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)channel, channelise, channelize, transfer, transmit, transport

Verb grouppropagate

4. propagate (contact) become distributed or widespread

SamplesThe infection spread.
Optimism spread among the population.


Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)move

Narrower (hyponym)catch

5. propagate (contact) transmit or cause to broaden or spread

SamplesThis great civilization was propagated throughout the land.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)distribute, spread

6. propagate (communication) cause to become widely known

SamplesSpread information.
Circulate a rumor.
Broadcast the news.

Synonymsbroadcast, circularise, circularize, circulate, diffuse, disperse, disseminate, distribute, pass around, spread

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)air, bare, publicise, publicize

Narrower (hyponym)carry, generalise, generalize, podcast, popularise, popularize, run, sow, vulgarise, vulgarize

Causecirculate, go around, spread

Verb groupcirculate, go around, spread

7. propagate (body) cause to propagate, as by grafting or layering

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)process, treat

Narrower (hyponym)inoculate


Domain categoryflora, plant, plant life

8. propagate (body) multiply sexually or asexually

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)multiply, procreate, reproduce

Narrower (hyponym)vegetate

Domain categorybiological science, biology

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