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- (transitive, intransitive) To increase in number or spread rapidly; to multiply.
- 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
- proliferate in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- proliferate in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.