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English verb: pullulate

1. pullulate (stative) be teeming, be abuzz

SamplesThe garden was swarming with bees.
The plaza is teeming with undercover policemen.
Her mind pullulated with worries.

Synonymsswarm, teem

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)buzz, hum, seethe

Narrower (hyponym)crawl

2. pullulate (motion) move in large numbers

SamplesPeople were pouring out of the theater.
Beggars pullulated in the plaza.

Synonymspour, stream, swarm, teem

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)crowd, crowd together

Narrower (hyponym)pour out, spill out, spill over

3. pullulate (change) produce buds, branches, or germinate

SamplesThe potatoes sprouted.

Synonymsbourgeon, burgeon forth, germinate, shoot, sprout, spud

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)grow

Verb groupgerminate

4. pullulate (change) become abundant; increase rapidly

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)increase

5. pullulate (body) breed freely and abundantly

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)breed, multiply

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