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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
Until those deterrent technologies are widespread, porch piracy appears to be proliferating.
The architectural features that make the Whitney, Dalí, and similar spaces so safe have recently begun to proliferate far and wide, thanks in part to consumer demand and new municipal standards.
The cells are extracted from the patient, given the therapeutic genes, allowed to proliferate, then re-infused into the patient.
The payments are part of an unpopular system in California that’s poised to proliferate elsewhere.
Researchers then exposed 25-vitamin D to rapidly proliferating prostate cancer cells and watched as the vitamin D became activated and then stopped the reproduction of the cancer.
Or 2011, or 2012, under Gov. Tom Corbett, as the deal was amended and delays, bugs, and added payments proliferated.
On-the-record accounts of disturbing behavior are proliferating.
From the West Midlands Financial Training Body of the Year to Scotland’s Best Cosmetic Dentist, prizes are proliferating as the number of ceremonies rises by about 5% annually, estimates Chris Robinson of Boost.
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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
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