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Examples of proliferate in a Sentence
rumors about the incident proliferated on the Internet
Recent Examples of proliferate from the Web
Maps, organized tours, and walking guides proliferated during the years Tolkien began charting Bilbo’s great hike towards the Lonely Mountain.
With Russell’s data proliferating among diagnosticians, and the term itself entering the lexicon through trendy magazines with wide distributions, cases of bulimia rose steeply.
If charter schools and for-profit schools and voucher programs are encouraged to proliferate, how is their performance measured and who guards against exploitation?
Boca would be one of at least six South Florida cities to create a law aimed at boosting access to the technology as the charging stations continue to proliferate.
In March, the city of San Diego—where residents of neighborhoods like Ocean Beach have decried the loss of local identity as rentals have proliferated—had to move a meeting on STRs to a bigger venue because of overflow crowds.
Hill's lab has focused on a different bad actor: overproduction of IL-6, which causes Th17 cells to proliferate.
That is why the NCAA’s knee-jerk response is to fight anything that might help betting proliferate.
The charging station for the electric car, once a thing of the future, is starting to proliferate across South Florida.
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Did You Know?
Proliferate came about in 1873 as a back-formation of "proliferation." That means that "proliferation" came first (we borrowed it from French in the 1850s) and was later shortened to form the verb "proliferate." Ultimately these terms come from Latin. The French adjective prolifère ("reproducing freely") comes from the Latin noun proles and the Latin combining form "-fer." Proles means "offspring" or "descendants," and -fer means "bearing." Both of these Latin forms gave rise to numerous other English words. "Prolific" and "proletarian" ultimately come from "proles"; "aquifer" and words ending in "-ferous" have their roots in "-fer."
Origin and Etymology of proliferate
First Known Use: 1866See Words from the same year
Synonymsaccelerate, accumulate, appreciate, balloon, boom, build up, burgeon (also bourgeon), climb, enlarge, escalate, expand, gain, mount, multiply, mushroom, increase, rise, roll up, snowball, spread, swell, wax
Antonymscontract, decrease, diminish, dwindle, lessen, recede, wane
Related Wordsjump, rocket, skyrocket, surge; heighten, intensify, redouble; blow up, bulk, distend, inflate, puff (up); crescendo, crest, peak
PROLIFERATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of proliferate for English Language Learners
: to increase in number or amount quickly
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