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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
In the middle of the century, patriotism, nationalism, xenophobia, and an emphasis on traditional family structures proliferated regardless of party identity.
But in many ways, the growth of the highway system and the rapid changes in the travel industry that helped hotels proliferate also led to their downfall.
Alumni still proliferate in the top ranks of the professions, government and business.
Software patents proliferated, and patent trolls became a serious problem.
What started as modest capsule collections from corporate retailers, supported by designer names or celebrity endorsements, now proliferates as casual collaborations of everyday objects among independent brands.
The sport proliferated in the state, with California boasting world-famous surf breaks, from Malibu to Mavericks, and hosting major big-wave competitions.
Despite these humble origins, the unassuming symbol quickly proliferated over the following two decades, eventually becoming stamped on just about every mundane product imaginable.
Even so, in the Wayne County of the future, silver hair and bifocals will proliferate.
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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
accelerate, accumulate, appreciate, balloon, boom, build up, burgeon (also bourgeon), climb, enlarge, escalate, expand, gain, increase, mount, multiply, mushroom, rise, roll up, snowball, spread, swell, wax;
PROLIFERATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of proliferate for English Language Learners
: to increase in number or amount quickly
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