prolific

adjective
pro·​lif·​ic | \prə-ˈli-fik \

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 \ noun
prolifically \ prə-​ˈli-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb
prolificness \ prə-​ˈli-​fik-​nəs \ 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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Instead of spending millions on marketing campaigns to get customers in a new market to know its brand, Hay partnered with MoMA Store, one of the most respected and prolific design retailers in the world. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Is America ready for Denmark’s coolest design brand?," 1 Nov. 2018 Salesforce is the city’s largest employer and Benioff has been one of the city’s most generous and prolific philanthropists. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "Marc Benioff voiced concerns on a San Francisco homelessness measure months before becoming its most prominent booster," 18 Oct. 2018 Characters are a bit more prolific and likable, and the results of helping out are plainly visible on the planets themselves. Daniel Starkey, Ars Technica, "Starlink: Battle for Atlas review: Cool toys, solid spacefaring," 16 Oct. 2018 Each photographer on this list is already quite prolific, shooting magazine covers, releasing coffee table books, and lensing major ad campaigns. Jessica Andrews, Teen Vogue, "Black Fashion Photographers to Follow on Instagram," 7 Aug. 2018 Rae had a long and prolific career, but became a household name for her role as housekeeper Edna Garrett on Diff’rent Strokes. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "‘The Facts of Life’ and ‘Diff’rent Strokes’ Stars Remember Charlotte Rae," 6 Aug. 2018 Since then, Britney has made herself into one of the most prolific and recognizable names on the fragrance counter. Tynan Sinks, Allure, "Britney Spears Talks to Allure About the Inspiration Behind Her Latest Perfume, Prerogative," 18 July 2018 Now Belgium’s passing has been crisp and prolific so far, with France going some extended periods without touching the ball. Rory Smith, New York Times, "France, With Flash to Spare, Reaches the World Cup Final," 11 July 2018 One of the ways in which Watt endeared herself to co-workers was to remember both a lesson and an example that was set by her grandfather, Ray Watt, a prolific and innovative developer who helped define the look of modern Southern California. Ronald D. White, latimes.com, "Nadine Watt tried to avoid the family business. Now she helps run it," 6 July 2018

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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 \

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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