v. cause something to multiply or breed; cause to extend to broader area or larger number
Since bacteria propagate more quickly in unsanitary environments, it is important to keep hospital rooms clean.
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I took with me six cows and two bulls alive, with as many ewes and rams, intending to carry them into my own country, and propagate the breed.
Gulliver's Travels(V1) By Jonathan Swift Context
The other was, by a certain composition of gums, minerals, and vegetables, outwardly applied, to prevent the growth of wool upon two young lambs; and he hoped, in a reasonable time to propagate the breed of naked sheep, all over the kingdom.
Gulliver's Travels(V2) By Jonathan Swift Context
One is this hypothesis: that every physical quality admired by men in women is in direct connexion with the manifold functions of women for the propagation of the species.
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man By James Joyce Context