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[ buhd ]
/ bʌd /
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noun
verb (used without object), bud·ded, bud·ding.
verb (used with object), bud·ded, bud·ding.
to cause to bud.
Horticulture. to graft by inserting a single bud into the stock.
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Idioms about bud

    in the bud, in an immature or undeveloped state: a Shakespeare in the bud. Also in bud.
    nip in the bud, to stop (something) in the beginning of its development: The rebellion was nipped in the bud.

Origin of bud

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First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English budde, bodde “bud, spray, pod”; further origin uncertain; perhaps from Middle Dutch botte “bud,” or Old French bout “tip, end”

OTHER WORDS FROM bud

budder, nounbudless, adjectivebudlike, adjectivenon·bud·ding, adjective, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH bud

budder , butter

Other definitions for bud (2 of 3)

bud2
[ buhd ]
/ bʌd /

noun
brother; buddy (used in informal address, as to one's brother or to a man or boy whose name is not known to the speaker).

Origin of bud

2
An Americanism dating back to 1850–55; back formation from buddy

Other definitions for bud (3 of 3)

Bud

or Budd

[ buhd ]
/ bʌd /

noun
a male given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for bud (1 of 2)

bud1
/ (bʌd) /

noun
verb buds, budding or budded

Word Origin for bud

C14 budde, of Germanic origin; compare Icelandic budda purse, Dutch buidel

British Dictionary definitions for bud (2 of 2)

bud2
/ (bʌd) /

noun
informal, mainly US short for buddy
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Scientific definitions for bud

bud
[ bŭd ]

Noun
A small swelling on a branch or stem, containing an undeveloped shoot, leaf, or flower. Some species have mixed buds containing two of these structures, or even all three.Terminal buds occur at the end of a stem, twig, or branch.Axillary buds, also known as lateral buds, occur in the axils of leaves (in the upper angle of where the leaf grows from the stem).Accessory buds often occur clustered around terminal buds or above and on either side of axillary buds. Accessory buds are usually smaller than terminal and axillary buds.
A small rounded outgrowth on an asexually reproducing organism, such as a yeast or hydra, that is capable of developing into a new individual. See more at budding.
A tiny part or structure, such as a taste bud, that is shaped like a plant bud.
Verb
To form or produce a bud or buds.
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Other Idioms and Phrases with bud

bud

see nip in the bud.

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