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Definitions for promulgate
ˈprɒm əlˌgeɪt, proʊˈmʌl geɪtpro·mul·gate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. proclaim, exclaim, promulgateverb

    state or announce

    "`I am not a Communist,' he exclaimed"; "The King will proclaim an amnesty"

  2. promulgateverb

    put a law into effect by formal declaration


  1. promulgateverb

    To make known or public.

  2. promulgateverb

    To put into effect as a regulation.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To PROMULGATEverb

    To publish; to make known by open declaration.

    Etymology: promulgo, Lat.

    Those albeit I know he nothing so much hateth as to promulgate, yet I hope that this will occasion him to put forth divers other goodly works. Edmund Spenser.

    Those, to whom he entrusted the promulgating of the gospel, had far different instructions. Decay of Piety.

    It is certain laws, by virtue of any sanction they receive from the promulgated will of the legislature, reach not a stranger, if by the law of nature every man hath not a power to punish offences against it. John Locke.


  1. promulgate

    Promulgation is the formal proclamation or the declaration that a new statutory or administrative law is enacted after its final approval. In some jurisdictions, this additional step is necessary before the law can take effect. After a new law is approved, it is announced to the public through the publication of government gazettes and/or on official government websites. National laws of extraordinary importance to the public may be announced by the head of state or head of government on a national broadcast. Local laws are usually announced in local newspapers and published in bulletins or compendia of municipal regulations.


  1. promulgate

    Promulgate generally refers to the act of formally announcing, proclaiming, or making widely known or popular. This could involve publishing, broadcasting, or spreading information, ideas, laws, regulations, etc., for public acknowledgement or adoption.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Promulgateverb

    to make known by open declaration, as laws, decrees, or tidings; to publish; as, to promulgate the secrets of a council

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Promulgate

    prō-mul′gāt, v.t. to publish: to proclaim: to make widely known—(arch.) Promulge′.—ns. Promulgā′tion, act of promulgating: publication: open declaration: (law) the first official publication of a new law; Prom′ulgātor. [L. promulgāre, -ātum.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of promulgate in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of promulgate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of promulgate in a Sentence

  1. Taiwan StraitBoth Thornton:

    I too am optimistic that in the battle for norms and rules and standards of behavior, that the liberal national order is stronger than the repressive standards that the Chinese promulgate, i'm confident others won't want to subscribe to that.


    ras cardo said:- plutocracy- in the age of technotyranny was what the founding fathers missed politically to promulgate the presidency! big mistake!- but they could not have seen this day and age of what I have called- technotyrannical society. for in the written constitution there would be its inclusion, and now its interpretation would be no cause for confusion.

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  • Thomas Sadecki
    Thomas Sadecki
    does "promulgate" a rule mean you have the right to make the rule and then announce it?
    LikeReply3 years ago

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a white Southerner who supported Reconstruction policies after the American Civil War (usually for self-interest)
  • A. viverrine
  • B. scalawag
  • C. collation
  • D. couvade

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