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proliferate

verb pro·lif·er·ate \prə-ˈli-fə-ˌrāt\

: to increase in number or amount quickly

pro·lif·er·at·edpro·lif·er·at·ing

Full Definition of PROLIFERATE

intransitive verb
1
:  to grow by rapid production of new parts, cells, buds, or offspring
2
:  to increase in number as if by proliferating :  multiply
transitive verb
1
:  to cause to grow by proliferating
2
:  to cause to increase in number or extent as if by proliferating
pro·lif·er·a·tion \-ˌli-fə-ˈrā-shən\ noun
pro·lif·er·a·tive \-ˈli-fə-ˌrā-tiv, -f(ə-)rə-tiv\ adjective

Examples of PROLIFERATE

  1. <rumors about the incident proliferated on the Internet>

Origin of PROLIFERATE

back-formation from proliferation, from French prolifération, from proliférer to proliferate, from prolifère reproducing freely, from Latin proles + -fer -ferous
First Known Use: 1873

Other Biology Terms

autochthonous, fecund, homunculus, phylogeny, substrate

Rhymes with PROLIFERATE

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proliferate

verb pro·lif·er·ate \prə-ˈlif-ə-ˌrāt\   (Medical Dictionary)
pro·lif·er·at·edpro·lif·er·at·ing

Medical Definition of PROLIFERATE

intransitive verb
:  to grow by rapid production of new parts, cells, buds, or offspring
transitive verb
:  to cause to grow by proliferating

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