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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Mina Raiola is one of the most prolific and notorious agents around, with Paul Pogba, Matthijs de Ligt and Zlatan Ibrahimovic among his clients., "Wilfried Zaha: Super-Agent Mino Raiola Keen to Represent Wantaway Crystal Palace Star," 14 Sep. 2019 White has had a prolific and versatile career, publishing novels, memoirs, criticism and biography, and winning a National Book Critics Circle award for his book on playwright Jean Genet. Washington Post, "Edmund White to receive honorary National Book Award," 12 Sep. 2019 Alton and DeAnna were married for 21 years, much of which was during Alton’s rise to becoming one of Food Network’s most popular and prolific stars. Ana Calderone,, "Alton Brown Opens Up About His 2015 Divorce and Leaving the Southern Baptist Church," 12 Sep. 2019 If a film is not made by the prolific and preternaturally successful Disney (or with Disney’s help, in the case of Spider-Man: Far From Home), then its best chance of turning a quick profit for its studio is to be a horror movie. Adam Epstein, Quartzy, "The “It” franchise is responsible for the two biggest horror movie openings ever," 9 Sep. 2019 Baltimore Ravens Lamar Jackson could have the most prolific rushing season by a quarterback in NFL history, judging by how the offense utilized him during his rookie year. San Diego Union-Tribune, "10 bold predictions for the 2019 fantasy football season," 1 Sep. 2019 The most prolific of contemporary American docu makers, Alex Gibney’s recent subjects have included Scientology, Wikileaks, sports doping and the pedophilia scandal that shook the Catholic Church. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "Critic's Picks: Venice Film Festival's 8 Most Anticipated Premieres," 23 Aug. 2019 The Jarrett Stidham-to-Ryan Davis connection that was the most prolific in Auburn history didn't end when the pair left the Plains. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Auburn NFL roundup: Stidham-to-Davis goes pro," 11 Aug. 2019 Over the course of his short but prolific career, Schiele created some 3,000 drawings and 300 paintings. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Drawing Found in Thrift Store Turns Out to Be an Original Egon Schiele," 26 July 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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English Language Learners Definition of prolific

: producing a large amount of something


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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