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burgeon

verb bur·geon \ˈbər-jən\

Simple Definition of burgeon

  • : to grow or develop quickly

Full Definition of burgeon

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to send forth new growth (as buds or branches) :  sprout b :  bloom

  3. 2 :  to grow and expand rapidly :  flourish

Examples of burgeon

  1. The market for collectibles has burgeoned in recent years.

  2. <the trout population in the stream is burgeoning now that the water is clean>



Variants of burgeon

also bour·geon \ˈbər-jən\

Origin of burgeon

Middle English burjonen, from Anglo-French burjuner, from burjun bud, from Vulgar Latin *burrion-, burrio, from Late Latin burra fluff, shaggy cloth


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with burgeon



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