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

     

    pullulate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈpʌljʊleɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌljʊleɪt//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pullulate
    BrE BrE//ˈpʌljʊleɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌljʊleɪt//
     
    he / she / it pullulates
    BrE BrE//ˈpʌljʊleɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌljʊleɪts//
     
    past simple pullulated
    BrE BrE//ˈpʌljʊleɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌljʊleɪtɪd//
     
    past participle pullulated
    BrE BrE//ˈpʌljʊleɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌljʊleɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form pullulating
    BrE BrE//ˈpʌljʊleɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌljʊleɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] to breed or spread quickly
  2. 2[intransitive] to be full of life or activity
  3. Word Origin early 17th cent.: from Latin pullulat- ‘sprouted’, from the verb pullulare, from pullulus, diminutive of pullus ‘young animal’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pullulate