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."

Usage Examples:

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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