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proliferate

pro·lif·er·ate

proliferate

 
 
pronunciation:
pr lI f reIt
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb
features:
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: proliferated, proliferates, proliferating
definition 1: to multiply or grow quickly by, or as though by, cell division and the reproductive processes of living things.
synonyms:
multiply, pullulate, spawn
similar words:
breed, burgeon, flourish, increase, luxuriate, metastasize, procreate, propagate, reproduce
definition 2: to spread or increase quickly.
Spam has proliferated greatly in the past few years, and some ways of blocking unwanted e-mails have been developed.
synonyms:
multiply, mushroom
antonyms:
decrease
similar words:
abound, burgeon, expand, flourish, increase, luxuriate, pyramid, run riot, run wild, spread, swell, thrive, upsurge
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition: to cause the rapid growth or spread of.
similar words:
augment, breed, cultivate, expand, increase, multiply, propagate, spawn
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derivations: proliferative (adj.), proliferation (n.)
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