bud

noun
\ ˈbəd \

Definition of bud 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

4 slang : marijuana The dance floor is packed. Red and blue lights filter through cigarette and bud smoke. —T-Love

in the bud

: in an early stage of development nipped the rebellion in the bud

bud

verb
budded; budding

Definition of bud (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other words from bud

Verb

budder noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for bud

Synonyms: Noun

bambino, chick, child, cub, juvenile, kid, kiddie (also kiddy), kiddo, moppet, squirt, whelp, youngling, youngster, youth

Antonyms: Noun

adult, grown-up

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Examples of bud in a Sentence

Noun

The bush has plenty of buds but no flowers yet. that sitcom star is still a bud, so all he needs right now are looks and personality

Verb

The trees budded early this spring.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

One way to nip any typecasting in the bud was to do an album of original material, but years passed without such a project materializing. Alan Sculley, sacbee, "Michael McDonald finding his way to coolness in reboot, plays Crest tonight," 10 July 2018 Normally these beefy buds will set you back $99.99, but that price will be all the way down to $69.99 for the big sale. Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, "Amazon Prime Day: insider tips to getting the best deals and avoiding the hype," 9 July 2018 The buds won’t die from your ear wax or night sweats, either. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Bose’s new $250 Sleepbuds play soothing sounds instead of music," 20 June 2018 The green buds are just barely sprouting, so the hillsides are gray and brown as more snow melts away. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "Here’s what to expect on the road to Haines, by the numbers," 19 May 2018 In late winter, when the weather warms, after a proper number of chill hours has occurred, the buds that were started the previous growing season swell and then break into flowers or foliage. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Despite mild winter, Treasure Valley fruit trees likely are doing OK | Idaho Statesman," 21 Feb. 2018 Late winter, before the buds swell, is the optimal time for dormant pruning. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Your Own Kiwis In Your Backyard," 6 Feb. 2018 Next, the fresh buds are quickly transferred to a nearby factory, where they are poured into huge metal vats for pressing. Erin Flaherty, Marie Claire, "Beauty Travels: Exploring India’s Centuries-Old Obsession with Jasmine," 6 Dec. 2017 Now if only the buds outside would bloom a little sooner... Caroline Picard, House Beautiful, "The 4-Ingredient Recipe That Makes Flowers Last Longer," 25 Feb. 2016

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

This strategy of drawing the starting and ending points of a comic, Keeling says, is essential to the process of establishing a storyline, even if these budding artists don’t quite know yet what will go in between. Kate Keller, Smithsonian, "How This Comic Maker Plans to Make Everyone an Artist," 18 June 2018 An opening sequence involving a deer breaking into a school sets an appropriate doom-laden mood, which Phillips expertly amplifies while simultaneously capturing a very real, complex sense of budding masculine desire, confusion, and rage. Nick Schager, Esquire, "The Best Movies of 2017," 18 Dec. 2017 Ethical stumbles like this can challenge the budding relationship between humans and physical machines, too. Matt Simon, WIRED, "We Need to Talk About Robots Trying to Pass as Humans," 7 June 2018 But, for now, this budding relationship has everything: celebrity ex drama, copious Instagram PDA and, naturally, Harry Potter cloaks. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Are Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande the Internet's New Favorite Couple?," 4 June 2018 The dinner tables were just past rows of budding vines, under clear blue skies that Chopra surely had called in specially. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Talking With Priyanka Chopra on a Swing in the Hamptons," 13 July 2018 The movie, out in limited release July 13, chronicles the last two weeks of middle school for Kayla (Elsie Fisher), a budding YouTuber. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "The Stars Of Eighth Grade Relive Their Middle School Horror Stories," 13 July 2018 This precise irrational rationale is the intellectual formula of choice for budding totalitarian regimes. Laurie Penny, Longreads, "Peterson’s Complaint," 12 July 2018 Market watchers say investors aren't ignoring the threats posed by Trump’s budding trade fights. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Stock market shrugs off Trump's trade war," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of bud

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for bud

Noun

Middle English budde

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Phrases Related to bud

cotton bud

nip (something) in the bud

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bud

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bud

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

bud

verb

English Language Learners Definition of bud (Entry 2 of 2)

: to produce buds

bud

noun
\ ˈbəd \

Kids Definition of bud

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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.

bud

verb
budded; budding

Kids Definition of bud (Entry 2 of 2)

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

bud

noun
\ ˈbəd \

Medical Definition of bud 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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

budded; budding

Medical Definition of bud (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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