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v. pro·lif·er·at·ed, pro·lif·er·at·ing, pro·lif·er·ates
1. To grow or multiply by rapidly producing new tissue, parts, cells, or offspring.
2. To increase or spread at a rapid rate: fears that nuclear weapons might proliferate.
To cause to grow or increase rapidly.
[Back-formation from proliferation, the act of proliferating, from French prolifération, from prolifère, procreative : Latin prōlēs, prōl-, offspring; see proliferous + Latin -fer, -fer.]
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1. (Biology) to grow or reproduce (new parts, cells, etc) rapidly
2. to grow or increase or cause to grow or increase rapidly
[C19: from Medieval Latin prōlifer having offspring, from Latin prōlēs offspring + ferre to bear]
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v.i., v.t. -at•ed, -at•ing.
1. to grow or produce by multiplication of parts, as in budding or cell division, or by procreation.
2. to increase in number or spread rapidly.
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Past participle: proliferated
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|Verb||1.||proliferate - grow rapidly; "Pizza parlors proliferate in this area"|
grow - become larger, greater, or bigger; expand or gain; "The problem grew too large for me"; "Her business grew fast"
proliferate - cause to grow or increase rapidly; "We must not proliferate nuclear arms"
|2.||proliferate - cause to grow or increase rapidly; "We must not proliferate nuclear arms"|
proliferate - grow rapidly; "Pizza parlors proliferate in this area"
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verb increase, expand, breed, mushroom, escalate, multiply, burgeon, snowball, run riot, grow rapidly the free Internet services that are proliferating across the world
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1. To produce sexually or asexually others of one's kind:
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proliferate[prəˈlɪfəreɪt] VI → proliferar
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proliferate[prəʊˈlɪfəreɪt] vi → proliférer
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