from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To grow or multiply by rapidly producing new tissue, parts, cells, or offspring.
- intransitive v. To increase or spread at a rapid rate: fears that nuclear weapons might proliferate.
- transitive v. To cause to grow or increase rapidly.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To increase in number or spread rapidly.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To produce or form cells; especially, to produce cells rapidly.
- transitive v. To produce zooids by budding.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To reproduce; grow by multiplication of elementary parts.
- Specifically, in zoology, to generate or reproduce by the act of proliferation; bear generative persons or zoöids, as distinguished from nutritive persons, as is the usual process in the hydroid polyps.
- To bear; form by reproduction.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. grow rapidly
- v. cause to grow or increase rapidly
Back-formation from proliferation, the act of proliferating, from French prolifération, from prolifère, procreative : Latin prōlēs, prōl-, offspring; see proliferous + Latin -fer, -fer.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin proles ("offspring") + ferre ("to bear") + -ate (Wiktionary)