Proliferate Definition

proliferated, proliferates, proliferating
To grow by multiplying new parts, as by budding, in quick succession.
Webster's New World
To reproduce (new parts) in quick succession.
Webster's New World
To increase or spread at a rapid rate.
Fears that nuclear weapons might proliferate.
American Heritage
To produce or create in profusion.
Webster's New World
To multiply rapidly; increase profusely.
Webster's New World

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

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