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English definition of “proliferate”

proliferate

verb [I]     /prəˈlɪf.ər.eɪt/ US  /-ə.reɪt/ formal
to increase a lot and suddenly in number: Small businesses have proliferated in the last ten years.Increasing and intensifying proliferation     /prəˌlɪf.ərˈeɪ.ʃən/ US  /-əˈreɪ-/ noun [U] The past two years have seen the proliferation of TV channels.Too much and unnecessary
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