[ 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.
namasteRead more in this article about some frequently asked questions and fun facts related to our definitions.
Malpractice, Malarkey, And Other Words From The Second Democratic DebateHere's our roundup of top terms that created buzz on Dictionary.com during the second Democratic debate. For the first five words, we can thank the 10 candidates from the first night of the debate on July 30, and for the second five, the remaining 10 debating on July 31.
Related formspro·lif·er·a·tive, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
British Dictionary definitions for proliferative
/ (prəˈlɪfəˌreɪt) /
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Medicine definitions for proliferative (1 of 2)
[ prə-lĭf′ə-rā′tĭv ]
Tending to proliferate.
Medicine definitions for proliferative (2 of 2)
[ prə-lĭf′ə-rāt′ ]
To grow or multiply by rapidly producing new tissue, parts, cells, or offspring.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.