V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. to increase greatly in number; 2. to reproduce rapidly
Synonyms: generate, propagate, grow, increase, multiply
Antonyms: reduce, destroy
Tips: To proliferate something means "to greatly and suddenly increase its numbers." The related noun proliferation is often used in the phrase: "proliferation of nuclear weapons."
There is a growing Asian community in this part of town, and Chinese restaurants have been proliferating in this neighborhood. (multiplying, increasing in number)
Our company has set up policies meant to stop the proliferation of inter-office gossip. (increase, generation) noun
Home-based businesses have proliferated, in large part due to the Internet. (multiplied, propagated)
The popularity of low-carb diets has proliferated in recent years. (grown, increased)
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