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promulgate (verb) 1 Spread an idea, belief, etc.; among many people 2 announce a new law or system.

A belief, an idea, etc., are promulgated if attempts are made to spread them among the people. Reformers promulgate new ideas, beliefs, etc., if they try to make a number of people know them or understand them. To promulgate is also to bring a new law or an act into force by announcing it publicly. A constitution is promulgated if the constitution is brought into force by a public and offiicial announcement.

  • The president promulgated a new constitution for the republic. It was announced that the new constitution would come into effect immediately.
  • The government promulgated a law according to which every able bodied young man on reaching the age of 20 had to serve the armed forces for five years. The law came into immediate effect.
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