To propagate is to be fruitful and multiply, by the usual routes of reproduction, or by spreading something around — like a rumor.

Propagate comes from the Latin word propagare, which means "to reproduce plants, breed." Plants love to propagate, especially when someone with a green thumb starts off with a jade plant stem in water and ends up with a garden full of the succulents. Plants aren't the only things to propagate like bunnies: in some apocalyptic movies, a virus propagates quickly, killing almost everyone in the world. Sound and light can also spread, or propagate, through the air.

Definitions of propagate
  1. verb
    multiply through reproduction
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    propagate asexually
    type of:
    multiply, procreate, reproduce
    have offspring or produce more individuals of a given animal or plant
  2. verb
    propagate sound or light through air”
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    type of:
    channel, channelise, channelize, transfer, transmit, transport
    send from one person or place to another
  3. verb
    transmit from one generation to the next
    propagate these characteristics”
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    type of:
    pass on
    give to or transfer possession of
  4. verb
    become distributed or widespread
    synonyms: spread
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    spread or be communicated
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    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  5. verb
    transmit or cause to broaden or spread
    “This great civilization was propagated throughout the land”
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    type of:
    distribute, spread
    distribute or disperse widely
  6. verb
    cause to become widely known
    synonyms: broadcast, circularise, circularize, circulate, diffuse, disperse, disseminate, distribute, pass around, spread
    circulate, go around, spread
    become widely known and passed on
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    distribute (multimedia files) over the internet for playback on a mobile device or a personal computer
    introduce into an environment
    generalise, generalize, popularise, popularize, vulgarise, vulgarize
    cater to popular taste to make popular and present to the general public; bring into general or common use
    carry, run
    include as the content; broadcast or publicize
    type of:
    air, bare, publicise, publicize
    make public
  7. verb
    cause to propagate, as by grafting or layering
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    insert a bud for propagation
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    process, treat
    subject to a process or treatment, with the aim of readying for some purpose, improving, or remedying a condition
  8. verb
    travel through the air
    “sound and light propagate in this medium”
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    type of:
    go, locomote, move, travel
    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
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