- Proliferation is a rapid increase in numbers or rapid growth.
- When a country is quickly building up more weapons including nuclear weapons, this is an example of nuclear proliferation.
- If you start out with one rabbit and within a month you end up with five, this is an example of proliferation of rabbits.
(countable and uncountable, plural proliferations)
- (uncountable) The process by which an organism produces others of its kind; breeding, propagation, procreation, reproduction.
- (countable) The act of increasing or rising; augmentation, amplification, enlargement, escalation, aggrandizement.
- (countable) The result of building up; buildup, accretion.
- (uncountable) The spread of biochemical, nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction to countries not originally involved in developing them.
Variant of proliferate
transitive verbproliferated, proliferating
- to reproduce (new parts) in quick succession
- to produce or create in profusion
Origin of proliferateback-formation ; from proliferation ; from French prolifération ; from prolifère, proliferous + -ation
- to grow by multiplying new parts, as by budding, in quick succession
- to multiply rapidly; increase profusely