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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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