Proliferate meaning

prə-lĭf'ə-rāt'
To grow or multiply by rapidly producing new tissue, parts, cells, or offspring.
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To increase in number or spread rapidly.

The flowers proliferated rapidly all spring.

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To proliferate is to multiply or to increase quickly in numbers.

An example of proliferate is when one product gives rise to many copycat products, which are ever-increasing in number.

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To grow or multiply by rapidly producing new tissue, parts, cells, or offspring.
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To increase or spread at a rapid rate.

Fears that nuclear weapons might proliferate.

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To cause to grow or increase rapidly.
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To reproduce (new parts) in quick succession.
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To produce or create in profusion.
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To grow by multiplying new parts, as by budding, in quick succession.
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To multiply rapidly; increase profusely.
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Origin of proliferate

  • Back-formation from proliferation the act of proliferating from French prolifération from prolifère procreative Latin prōlēs prōl- offspring proliferous Latin -fer -fer
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Latin proles (“offspring") + ferre (“to bear") + -ate
    From Wiktionary