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Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Definitions for burgeon

  1. To grow or develop quickly; flourish.
  2. To begin to grow or blossom.
  3. To put forth, as buds.

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Citations for burgeon
They fought aggressively to bring their burgeoning industry under their control; in so doing, they also worked to elevate Cleveland over Pittsburg as a refining center (which they accomplished in 1869). T.J. Stiles, The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt
Avoid plants that will burgeon beyond bounds. The wide range of plants available includes many smaller species and cultivars that have been bred to stay compact. Beth Botts, Chicago Tribune
Origin of burgeon
Burgeon is from Middle English burgeonen, from Old French borjoner, from burjon, a bud.