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From Latin promulgatus, past participle of promulgō (I make known, publish), either from provulgō (I make known, publish), from pro (forth) + vulgō (I publish), or from mulgeō (I milk), latter used in metaphorical sense of “to bring forth”.[1] Compare promulge.



promulgate (third-person singular simple present promulgates, present participle promulgating, simple past and past participle promulgated)

  1. (transitive) To make known or public.
    • c. 1603–1604, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Othello, the Moore of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, (please specify the scene number in lowercase Roman numerals)]:
      , scene ii, page 312, column 1:
      ’Tis yet to know, / Which when I know, that boaſting is an Honour, / I ſhall promulgate. I fetch by life and being, / From Men of Royall Seige.
    • 1784 November 6, William Cowper, “Tirocinium: Or, A Review of Schools”, in Poems, page 303:
      Prieſts have invented, and the world admir’d / What knaviſh prieſts promulgate as inſpir’d ; / ’Till reaſon, now no longer overaw’d, / Reſumes her pow’rs, and ſpurns the clumſy fraud ; / And, common-ſenſe diffuſing real day, / The meteor of the goſpel dies away !
  2. (transitive) To put into effect as a regulation.
    • 1881 June 7, William Stubbs, “The Reign of Henry VIII”, in Seventeen Lectures on the Study of Medieval and Modern History and Kindred Subjects, Oxford: Clarendon Press, published 1887, page 293:
      [] the Statute of Uses was delayed until 1536 and the Statute of Wills until 1540, but both statutes were promulgated in 1532, and formed part of a policy which we may compare, not favourably, with the of Edward I []


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  1. ^ promulgate” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2018.

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  1. adverbial present passive participle of promulgar




  1. second-person plural present indicative of promulgare
  2. second-person plural imperative of promulgare
  3. feminine plural of promulgato




  1. second-person plural present active imperative of prōmulgō