AskDefine | Define proliferate

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1 grow rapidly; "Pizza parlors proliferate in this area"
2 cause to grow or increase rapidly; "We must not proliferate nuclear arms"

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American (SAMPA): [pr\oU"lIf@r\eIt]


  1. To increase in number or spread rapidly.
    The flowers proliferated rapidly all spring.




  1. Form of Second-person plural imperative, proliferare#Italian|proliferare

Extensive Definition

The word proliferation can refer to:
proliferate in German: Proliferation
proliferate in Dutch: Proliferatie
proliferate in Polish: Proliferacja (ujednoznacznienie)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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