proliferate meaning, proliferate definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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proliferate

  
  ( proliferates    3rd person present)   ( proliferating    present participle)   ( proliferated    past tense & past participle  ) If things proliferate, they increase in number very quickly.  
FORMAL      verb  
Computerized data bases are proliferating fast...      V  
  proliferation      n-uncount   oft N of n, n N  
...the proliferation of nuclear weapons..., Smoking triggers off cell proliferation.     
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proliferate

  
  
breed, burgeon, escalate, expand, grow rapidly, increase, multiply, mushroom, run riot, snowball  

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