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Variant of burgeon.
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a variant spelling of burgeon
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or bour•geon(ˈbɜr dʒən)
1. to grow or develop quickly; flourish: The town burgeoned into a city.
2. to begin to grow, as a bud; put forth buds, shoots, etc., as a plant (often fol. by out, forth).
[1300–50; Middle English burjon, burion shoot, bud < Old French burjon < Vulgar Latin *burriōnem]
usage: The two senses of burgeon, “to bud” and “to grow or flourish,” date from the 14th century. Today the sense “to grow or flourish” is the more common. Occasionally, objections are raised to this use, perhaps because of its popularity in journalistic writing.
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Past participle: bourgeoned
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|Verb||1.||bourgeon - produce buds, branches, or germinate; "the potatoes sprouted"|
grow - increase in size by natural process; "Corn doesn't grow here"; "In these forests, mushrooms grow under the trees"; "her hair doesn't grow much anymore"
germinate - cause to grow or sprout; "the plentiful rain germinated my plants"
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