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bud

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noun \ ˈbəd \

Definition of bud

1 :a small lateral or terminal protuberance on the stem of a plant that may develop into a flower, leaf, or shoot
2 :something not yet mature or at full development: such as
a :an incompletely opened flower
b :child, youth
c (1) :an outgrowth of an organism that differentiates into a new individual :gemma
(2) :an outgrowth having the potential to differentiate and grow into a definitive organ or part :primordium
  • an embryonic limb bud
3 :buddy
in the bud
:in an early stage of development
  • nipped the rebellion in the bud

Examples of bud in a Sentence

  1. The bush has plenty of buds but no flowers yet.

  2. that sitcom star is still a bud, so all he needs right now are looks and personality

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Origin and Etymology of bud

Middle English budde


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bud

verb

Definition of bud

budded; budding
intransitive verb
1 of a plant
a :to set or put forth buds
b :to commence growth from buds
2 :to grow or develop from or as if from a bud
3 :to reproduce asexually especially by the pinching off of a small part of the parent
transitive verb
1 :to produce or develop from buds
2 :to cause (a plant) to bud
3 :to insert a bud from a plant of one kind into an opening in the bark of (a plant of another kind) usually in order to propagate a desired variety

budder

noun

Examples of bud in a Sentence

  1. The trees budded early this spring.

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First Known Use of bud

14th century



BUD Defined for English Language Learners

bud

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noun

Definition of bud for English Language Learners

  • : a small part that grows on a plant and develops into a flower, leaf, or new branch


bud

verb

Definition of bud for English Language Learners

  • : to produce buds


BUD Defined for Kids

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bud

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noun \ ˈbəd \

Definition of bud for Students

1 :a small growth at the tip or on the side of a stem that later develops into a flower, leaf, or branch
2 :a flower that has not fully opened
3 :an early stage of development
  • Let's nip this problem in the bud.

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bud

verb

Definition of bud for Students

budded; budding
1 :to form or put forth a small growth that develops into a flower, leaf, or branch
  • The trees budded early this spring.
2 :to reproduce by asexual means by forming a small growth that pinches off and develops into a new organism
  • a budding yeast cell

Medical Dictionary

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bud

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noun \ ˈbəd \

medical Definition of bud

1 a :an asexual reproductive structure
b :a primordium having potentialities for growth and development into a definitive structure
  • an embryonic limb bud
  • a horn bud
2 :an anatomical structure (as a tactile corpuscle) resembling a bud

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bud

intransitive verb

medical Definition of bud

budded; budding
:to reproduce asexually especially by the pinching off of a small part of the parent


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