proliferate - definition and synonyms

verb [intransitive/transitive] formal 

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/prəˈlɪfəreɪt/
present tense
I/you/we/theyproliferate
he/she/itproliferates
present participleproliferating
past tenseproliferated
past participleproliferated
  1.   From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    2
    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
    3
    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