[ pruh-lif-uh-reyt ]
/ pr蓹藞l瑟f 蓹藢re瑟t /
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verb (used with or without object), pro路lif路er路at路ed, pro路lif路er路at路ing.
to grow or produce by multiplication of parts, as in budding or cell division, or by procreation.
to increase in number or spread rapidly and often excessively.
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Origin of proliferate

First recorded in 1870鈥75; prolifer(ous) + -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM proliferate

pro路lif路er路a路tive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for proliferate

/ (pr蓹藞l瑟f蓹藢re瑟t) /

to grow or reproduce (new parts, cells, etc) rapidly
to grow or increase or cause to grow or increase rapidly

Derived forms of proliferate

proliferative, adjective

Word Origin for proliferate

C19: from Medieval Latin pr艒lifer having offspring, from Latin pr艒l膿s offspring + ferre to bear
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for proliferate

[ pr蓹-l沫f蓹-r膩t鈥 ]

To grow or multiply by rapidly producing new tissue, parts, cells, or offspring.
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