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- To increase in number or spread rapidly.
- The flowers proliferated rapidly all spring.
2006, Edwin Black, chapter 2, in Internal Combustion:
- But through the oligopoly, charcoal fuel proliferated throughout London's trades and industries. By the 1200s, brewers and bakers, tilemakers, glassblowers, pottery producers, and a range of other craftsmen all became hour-to-hour consumers of charcoal.
to increase in number or spread
- Noah Webster (1913), “proliferate”, in Noah Porter, editor, Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam Company
- “proliferate”, in The Century Dictionary, New York: The Century Co., 1911