[ bur-juhn ]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to grow or develop quickly; flourish: The town burgeoned into a city. He burgeoned into a fine actor.

  2. to be brimming or filled to bursting; abound (usually followed by with): All the new students are burgeoning with energy and potential. The kitchen drawers were burgeoning with tea towels.

  1. to begin to grow, as a bud; put forth buds, shoots, etc., as a plant (often followed by out, forth).

verb (used with object)
  1. to put forth, as buds.

  1. a bud; sprout.

Origin of burgeon

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English noun burjon, burion “shoot, bud,” from Anglo-French burjun, burg(e)on; Old French burjon, from unattested Vulgar Latin burriōne(m), accusative of unattested burriō, derivative of Late Latin burra “wool, fluff“ (cf. bourrée, bureau), presumably from the down covering certain buds; verb derivative of the noun
  • Also bour·geon .

usage note For burgeon

The two senses of burgeon, “to bud” ( The maples are burgeoning ) and “to grow or flourish” ( The suburbs around the city have been burgeoning under the impact of commercial growth ), date from the 14th century. Today the sense “to grow or flourish” is the more common. Occasionally, objections are raised to the use of this sense, perhaps because of its popularity in journalistic writing.

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British Dictionary definitions for burgeon



/ (ˈbɜːdʒən) /

  1. (often foll by forth or out) (of a plant) to sprout (buds)

  2. (intr ; often foll by forth or out) to develop or grow rapidly; flourish

  1. a bud of a plant

Origin of burgeon

C13: from Old French burjon, perhaps ultimately from Late Latin burra shaggy cloth; from the downiness of certain buds

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