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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
Dental offices that offer affordable root canals and veneers to a mostly American clientele have proliferated.
But since then, researchers have realized that things are not that simple: Lifeless planets can have atmospheres full of oxygen, and life can proliferate without ever producing the gas.
Though the concept has proliferated throughout the country in the past few years, people in western and central Pennsylvania have been lucky enough to have Sheetz service stations for decades.
Medical credentialing should be simplified, and the licensing boards should institute reciprocal (national) licensing for doctors to help telemedicine proliferate across state lines.
In recent years, vehicle attacks have proliferated widely, from the Middle East to Europe to the United States.
Voice control is also proliferating in the same ambient style as Kinect offered.
Traffic jams have begun to clog the main roads, and cars are proliferating so fast that a multi-story parking garage, the city’s first, is taking shape on its southern edge.
The Davis statue was erected at the behest of the United Daughters of the Confederacy at the height of the Jim Crow era, where segregation laws proliferated throughout the South.
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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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