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verb [intransitive/transitive] formal     proliferate pronunciation in British 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
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    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


to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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