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bur·geonalso bour·geon (bûr′jən)
intr.v. bur·geoned, bur·geon·ing, bur·geons also bour·geoned or bour·geon·ing or bour·geons
a. To put forth new buds, leaves, or greenery; sprout.
b. To begin to grow or blossom.
2. To grow or develop rapidly; expand or proliferate.
[Middle English burgeonen, from Old French borjoner, from burjon, a bud, from Vulgar Latin *burriō, burriōn-, from Late Latin burra, a shaggy garment.]
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
(Botany) a bud of a plant
[C13: from Old French burjon, perhaps ultimately from Late Latin burra shaggy cloth; from the downiness of certain buds]
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.
Past participle: burgeoned
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|Verb||1.||burgeon - grow and flourish; "The burgeoning administration"; "The burgeoning population"|
grow - become larger, greater, or bigger; expand or gain; "The problem grew too large for me"; "Her business grew fast"