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proliferate

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verb pro·lif·er·ate \prə-ˈli-fə-ˌrāt\

Simple Definition of proliferate

  • : to increase in number or amount quickly

Full Definition of proliferate

pro·lif·er·at·edpro·lif·er·at·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to grow by rapid production of new parts, cells, buds, or offspring

  3. 2 :  to increase in number as if by proliferating :  multiply

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to cause to grow by proliferating

  6. 2 :  to cause to increase in number or extent as if by proliferating

pro·lif·er·a·tion play \-ˌli-fə-ˈrā-shən\ noun
pro·lif·er·a·tive play \-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

Rhymes with proliferate

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Medical Dictionary

proliferate

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verb pro·lif·er·ate \prə-ˈlif-ə-ˌrāt\

Medical Definition of proliferate

pro·lif·er·at·edpro·lif·er·at·ing

  1. intransitive verb

  2. :  to grow by rapid production of new parts, cells, buds, or offspring

  3. transitive verb

  4. :  to cause to grow by proliferating





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