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pro·lif·er·ate  (pr-lf-rt)
v. pro·lif·er·at·ed, pro·lif·er·at·ing, pro·lif·er·ates
1. To grow or multiply by rapidly producing new tissue, parts, cells, or offspring.
2. To increase or spread at a rapid rate: fears that nuclear weapons might proliferate.
To cause to grow or increase rapidly.

[Back-formation from proliferation, the act of proliferating, from French prolifération, from prolifère, procreative : Latin prls, prl-, offspring; see proliferous + Latin -fer, -fer.]

pro·lifer·ation n.
pro·lifer·ative adj.
pro·lifer·ator n.

proliferate  /prolfret/  v. [I] -ated, -ating, -ates 1 to increase in number rapidly, multiply: Rabbits proliferate when they have plenty of food. 2 to spread rapidly and widely: Influenza proliferated throughout the country. -n. [U] proliferation. proliferate

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