proliferate

[ pruh-lif-uh-reyt ]
/ prəˈlɪf əˌreɪt /

verb (used with or without object), pro·lif·er·at·ed, pro·lif·er·at·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.

Nearby words

  1. proletarize,
  2. proletary,
  3. proleukocyte,
  4. prolicide,
  5. prolidase,
  6. proliferating endarteritis,
  7. proliferating systematized angioendotheliomatosis,
  8. proliferation,
  9. proliferative,
  10. proliferative fasciitis

Origin of proliferate

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

Related formspro·lif·er·a·tive, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for proliferating

proliferate

/ (prəˈlɪfəˌreɪt) /

verb

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

Word Origin for proliferate

C19: from Medieval Latin prōlifer having offspring, from Latin prōlēs offspring + ferre to bear

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Word Origin and History for proliferating

proliferate

v.

1857 as a term in biology; see proliferation. General sense from 1961. Related: Proliferated; proliferating.

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Medicine definitions for proliferating

proliferate

[ prə-lĭfə-rāt′ ]

v.

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

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