prolific

adjective
pro·​lif·​ic | \ prə-ˈli-fik How to pronounce prolific (audio) \

Definition of prolific

1 : producing young or fruit especially freely : fruitful
2 archaic : causing abundant growth, generation, or reproduction
3 : marked by abundant inventiveness or productivity a prolific composer

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Other Words from prolific

prolificacy \ prə-​ˈli-​fi-​kə-​sē How to pronounce prolificacy (audio) \ noun
prolifically \ prə-​ˈli-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce prolifically (audio) \ adverb
prolificness \ prə-​ˈli-​fik-​nəs How to pronounce prolificness (audio) \ noun

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fertile, fecund, fruitful, prolific mean producing or capable of producing offspring or fruit. fertile implies the power to reproduce in kind or to assist in reproduction and growth fertile soil ; applied figuratively, it suggests readiness of invention and development. a fertile imagination fecund emphasizes abundance or rapidity in bearing fruit or offspring. a fecund herd fruitful adds to fertile and fecund the implication of desirable or useful results. fruitful research prolific stresses rapidity of spreading or multiplying by or as if by natural reproduction. a prolific writer

Examples of prolific in a Sentence

Since [David] Mamet is a prolific writer of Hollywood screenplays, there are today more people who know his work than know that they know it. — Juliet Fleming, Times Literary Supplement, 18 Feb. 2000 The main rival to his pneumonia was the prolific thrush which went into his throat and stomach. — Irvine Welsh, Trainspotting, 1993 A writer as established and prolific as Joyce Carol Oates can approach her material in a wealth of ways unavailable to the more plodding. — Jane Smiley, New York Times Book Review, 5 May 1991 Here there are La restaurants, wine bars, bookshops, estate agents more prolific than doctors, and attractive people in black, few of them aging. — Hanif Kureishi, Granta 22, Autumn 1987 a famously prolific author who could produce several works of fiction and nonfiction a year
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Companies are clamoring for a bigger piece of the prolific oil field that has lifted U.S. crude production to records. Christopher M. Matthews, WSJ, "Rivals Vie for Mastery Over America’s Hottest Oil Field," 6 May 2019 Now, the Kentucky native is known not only for his prolific lyrics, but also for his own voice. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Chris Stapleton and His Wife Morgane Are Unrecognizable in This Photo," 27 Apr. 2019 My mom’s mom was a snazzy dresser—and a prolific shopper. Alyssa Haak, Marie Claire, "The Item I Wear to Death: My Vintage Kale Necklace," 17 Apr. 2019 Makeup Patrick Ta has become one of the most prolific makeup artists in Hollywood, imparting his signature radiance on countless celebrities from the Hadid sisters to Olivia Munn to longtime muse Shay Mitchell. Marci Robin, Allure, "Patrick Ta Launches His Highly Anticipated Namesake Makeup Brand With the Major Glow Collection," 4 Apr. 2019 Though Dwell with Dignity's prolific on-staff designer, Terica Cunningham, oversees most of the projects, other Dallas designers supportive of the organization's cause have stepped in to work on some of its homes. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "This Nonprofit Helps Designers Change People's Lives," 3 Apr. 2019 Shackleton, the prolific explorer who led three expeditions to Antarctica and cemented a legendary place in the history of adventure and geography, narrowly escaped the research vessel along with his crew when it was crushed by sea ice. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Antarctic Expedition Hopeful of Finding Ernest Shackleton's Long-Lost Research Vessel," 4 Feb. 2019 In November, prolific designer Yves Béhar introduced a line of prefab ADUs developed in partnership with LivingHomes. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "The 7 most impressive prefab homes from 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 At 16, Prince Charlez began working with prolific producer RedOne, writing tracks for artists like Usher. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Get to Know Prince Charlez, the Artist Heard in Bella Hadid’s Vogue Video," 27 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of prolific

1650, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for prolific

French prolifique, from Middle French, from Latin proles + Middle French -figue -fic

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prolific

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of prolific

: producing a large amount of something

prolific

adjective
pro·​lif·​ic | \ prə-ˈli-fik How to pronounce prolific (audio) \

Kids Definition of prolific

1 : very inventive or productive a prolific writer
2 : producing young or fruit in large numbers a prolific fruit tree

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