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proliferate

[ pruh-lif-uh-reyt ]
/ prəˈlɪf əˌreɪt /
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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.
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Origin of proliferate

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

OTHER WORDS FROM proliferate

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

proliferate
/ (prəˈlɪfəˌreɪt) /

verb
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 prōlifer having offspring, from Latin prōlēs offspring + ferre to bear
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