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  1. proliferate

    • IPA[prəˈlifəˌrāt]

    美式

    • v.
      increase rapidly in numbers; multiply;(of a cell, structure, or organism) reproduce rapidly
    • verb: proliferate, 3rd person present: proliferates, gerund or present participle: proliferating, past tense: proliferated, past participle: proliferated

    • 釋義

    動詞

    • 1. increase rapidly in numbers; multiply the science fiction magazines that proliferated in the 1920s
    • (of a cell, structure, or organism) reproduce rapidly the Mediterranean faces an ecological disaster if the seaweed continues to proliferate at its present rate
    • cause (cells, tissue, structures, etc.) to reproduce rapidly electromagnetic radiation can only proliferate cancers already present