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Use 'proliferate' when something grows or increases rapidly and extensively. SlideMobile apps have started to proliferate across the internet.
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Often has a negative connotation, suggesting uncontrollable or excessive growth. SlideConspiracy theories tend to proliferate online during a crisis.
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Suggests spreading despite efforts to control or is unplanned. SlideOnce the rumor started, it proliferated through the school.