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verb [intransitive] formal     proliferate pronunciation in American English
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present tense
present participleproliferating
past tenseproliferated
past participleproliferated
  1. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    biology (used about cells) to cause to increase

    DiaMedica’s lead product candidate, DM-199, has been shown to protect and proliferate beta cells.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 30/10/2014
  2. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    to cause to expand or spread

    It’s time to be honest about the damage caused by the drug laws, which can proliferate criminality and cause public harm.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 30/10/2014


a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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