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Definition of proliferate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

proliferate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//prəˈlɪfəreɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//prəˈlɪfəreɪt//
 
[intransitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they proliferate
BrE BrE//prəˈlɪfəreɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//prəˈlɪfəreɪt//
 
he / she / it proliferates
BrE BrE//prəˈlɪfəreɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//prəˈlɪfəreɪts//
 
past simple proliferated
BrE BrE//prəˈlɪfəreɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//prəˈlɪfəreɪtɪd//
 
past participle proliferated
BrE BrE//prəˈlɪfəreɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//prəˈlɪfəreɪtɪd//
 
-ing form proliferating
BrE BrE//prəˈlɪfəreɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//prəˈlɪfəreɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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to increase rapidly in number or amount synonym multiply Books and articles on the subject have proliferated over the last year. Time passed and animal life proliferated. Word Origin late 19th cent.: back-formation from proliferation.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: proliferate