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I am looking for a single word that can describe something that is continuing to grow. The only term that comes to mind is viral but I am looking for something different.

For an example, an activity that continually spawns other activities.

The smaller tasks continue to grow because of the ______ task.

  • I was going to post viable, but your question is a little unclear (no sample sentence as required for the SWR tag). – Cascabel Jan 16 at 16:12
  • Please give a sample sentence. – Davo Jan 16 at 17:30
  • Sorry I will add a sentence. For example: The smaller tasks continue to grow because of the ______ task. – fwqa Jan 16 at 19:03
  • "Burgeoning" comes to mind. – user888379 Jun 16 at 15:01
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vigorous adjective

Merriam Webster:

2 : possessing vigor : full of physical or mental strength or active force : STRONG a vigorous youth a vigorous plant

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fecund - producing many good new things

Typically used in the context of fertility or intellectual creativity, per vocabulary.com

I'm thinking it's a close synonym to virulent with more neutral connotation.

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Spawn. verb, meaning ‘to produce young ones’

Means ‘continues to birth more young ones, similar to itself’

Consider being poetic and liken it to yoghurt or yeast, baby fish, or... mushrooms.

Each mushroom spawns another fairy ring. Which then spawns others.

The tasks continue to spawn.

INTRANSITIVE/TRANSITIVE] to produce spawn Synonyms and related words Give birth to a young animal:albumen, calve, foal... Explore Thesaurus 2 [TRANSITIVE] if one thing spawns something else, it creates it The book was a fantastic success, spawning a hit TV series. Synonyms and related words To make something start to exist or happen:bring about, trigger, form...

https://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/spawn_2

The tasks continue to spawn further tasks.

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I'd suggest hydralike, which is an adjective form of 'hydra'.

A Hydra, according to Greek mythology, is a many-headed beast that has a curious habit of growing two more heads every time you cut one off. (Heracles/Hercules had to defeat one in his second task.)

It has taken on the meaning of:

A complex, multifarious problem or situation that cannot be solved easily and rapidly

Wiktionary

And is apt for describing problems that get increasingly complex.

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I would say SWELLING.

According to Oxford Living Dictionary

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/:

SWELLING

ADJECTIVE

Becoming greater in intensity, number, amount, or volume.

‘the swelling ranks of Irish singer-songwriters’

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