- 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.
Origin of proliferate
Related Wordsmushroom, escalate, breed, reproduce, snowball, propagate, burgeon, multiply, generate, procreate, engender, expand
Examples from the Web for proliferating
Wireless was cheaper than wired communications, and cell phones were proliferating.How the NSA Became a Killing Machine
November 9, 2014
But the number of models is proliferating rapidly, and that is helping to bring in new buyers.Hybrid Cars Are Niche No More
The Daily Beast
June 6, 2014
This obsession with food choice often leads people to cut out the wrong ones, proliferating the continuation of new diets.The Gluten-Free Diet Has Two Faces
May 6, 2014
And the New Yorker welcomed The Intercept as part of an encouraging trend of proliferating public-interest journalism startups.Greenwald’s ‘The Intercept’ Gets Intercepted on Day One
February 11, 2014
And once again fantasies of a breakthrough are proliferating.Find a China Reset Button
June 7, 2013
Imagine that all have a continuous covering of a proliferating epithelium.Diseases of the Horse's Foot
Harry Caulton Reeks
This process is the primitive streak, and it is formed, like the sickle, of proliferating epiblast cells.The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume 1
Francis Maitland Balfour
Epithelial cancer of the cervix may assume a proliferating ulcerative type, forming the well-known “cauliflower” excrescence.
They are going to have to move fast, for threats are proliferating fast as well.The Nation's River
United States Department of the Interior
Young 1-nucleate individual emerged from cyst, destined to grow, proliferating its nuclei to adult form.
- to grow or reproduce (new parts, cells, etc) rapidly
- to grow or increase or cause to grow or increase rapidly
Word Origin and History for proliferating
1857 as a term in biology; see proliferation. General sense from 1961. Related: Proliferated; proliferating.
- To grow or multiply by rapidly producing new tissue, parts, cells, or offspring.