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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Nearly seven decades after Jeff Bridges appeared as an infant alongside his mother in a film, the prolific — and sometimes underappreciated — actor gleefully accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award at Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards. Jonathan Landrum Jr., The Seattle Times, "Upbeat and energetic, Bridges accepts Globes’ DeMille honor," 7 Jan. 2019 Maria Marten, or, Murder in the Red Barn was written by that most prolific of authors, Anonymous. Toby Zinman, Philly.com, "'Maria Marten' is a rowdy Victorian melodrama of love, revenge and murder," 10 June 2018 With oil trading around $70 per barrel, among the most prolific of those wells could generate as much as $3.8 million per year in royalties before taxes for the Brunsons. Jeffrey Ball, Fortune, "Photographing The Permian Basin," 25 May 2018 If Real have an unquantifiable amount of streetwise-ness in the competition, Liverpool can boast the most prolific attacking trio in Champions League history. Matias Grez, CNN, "Mo Salah wins sixth individual award in an incredible season," 14 May 2018 The targeted capacity would make the Umm Shaif and Nasr concession the most prolific of the three offshore blocks Adnoc is offering to partners and the only one where the company plans to produce gas. Anthony Dipaola, Bloomberg.com, "Total Pays $1.45 Billion for Abu Dhabi Offshore Oilfield Stakes," 18 Mar. 2018 The Bay Area rap legend is undoubtedly the most prolific of regional hip hop figures in the world of liquor and wine. Justin Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle, "“If I existed in liquor form, I’d be this”: Oakland rapper G-Eazy now has his own bourbon," 7 Mar. 2018 Hillary’s account was accompanied by a map of the historic climbing route, part of a long and prolific history of mapping Everest at National Geographic. Betsy Mason, National Geographic, "Explore Historic Mount Everest Expeditions Through National Geographic Maps," 29 May 2018 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

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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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