June 19, 2013
proliferate (verb)
\pruh-LIF-uh-rayt\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: to grow or increase rapidly
How do you use it?
An extended spell of damp weather had caused several species of wild mushrooms to proliferate in Mandy's backyard.
Are you a word wiz?

Which one of these sentences do you think uses the word "proliferate" correctly?

The first sentence you can disregard is B, since it uses our Buzzword as an adjective, not a verb. In its place, you could substitute "profound," which means "having or showing great knowledge or understanding." Meanwhile, the people in C are "preserving" the food for future use, and our two siblings in D are taking steps to "protect" their skin from damage by the sun. That leaves us with A, and the bunnies whose numbers can climb very quickly in a short time.
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