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proliferate (v.)

1857 as a term in biology, "reproduce, grow by multiplication of elementary parts;" see proliferation. General sense, of things, etc., "increase greatly in numbers," by 1961. Related: Proliferated; proliferating.

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Definitions of proliferate from WordNet

proliferate (v.)
grow rapidly;
Pizza parlors proliferate in this area
proliferate (v.)
cause to grow or increase rapidly;
We must not proliferate nuclear arms
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