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From Latin proles (offspring) + ferre (to bear) +‎ -ate.

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  • IPA(key): /pɹəˈlɪf.əɹ.eɪt/

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proliferate (third-person singular simple present proliferates, present participle proliferating, simple past and past participle proliferated)

  1. To increase in number or spread rapidly.
    The flowers proliferated rapidly all spring.
    • 2006, Edwin Black, chapter 2, in Internal Combustion[1]:
      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.

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