bud

noun
\ ˈbəd How to pronounce bud (audio) \

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
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

Antonyms: Noun

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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 While there is often the instinct to just deal with problems, experts advise nipping them in the bud. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, "12 Mistakes to Avoid When Renting a Vacation Home, According to Experts," 20 Sep. 2020 To help navigate the cannabis products, bud tenders will be on hand to help guide customers' experience, Fotopoulos said in the statement. Erin Hegarty, chicagotribune.com, "Naperville approves all 3 recreational marijuana dispensary applications; companies expect to begin sales by the end of the year," 15 Sep. 2020 Our cuts are made at an outward-facing bud eye at a five-leaflet leaf. Rita Perwich, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Labor Day weekend pruning of roses sets the stage for autumn blooms," 5 Sep. 2020 Schools are implementing a variety of practices to reduce that risk and nip any outbreaks in the bud. Alexandra Ossola, Quartz, "What to consider when deciding whether to send your kid back to school," 2 Sep. 2020 Samsung managed to keep a 12mm speaker (tuned by AKG) in each bud, which means sound is strong and on par with our other top picks. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "The best true wireless earbuds of 2020," 28 Aug. 2020 Make your pruning cuts about one-quarter inch above a dormant bud or side shoot. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "Shape up your roses now so they'll be ready with healthy, new blooms in the fall," 19 Aug. 2020 Bill exclaims before going for a high-five where Ted knocks his bud’s shoulder out of wack. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Spoilers! Let's discuss the 'Bill & Ted Face the Music' ending and 'appropriate' end-credits scene," 29 Aug. 2020 Fruit on citrus trees will not develop properly without adequate water, and trees such as peaches are supporting bud development now for next spring and need adequate water as well. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "Calvin Finch: The 2 easiest ways to get more birds and pollinators in your San Antonio garden right now: hummingbird feeders, birdbaths," 20 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That left Zinoman and her faculty of 20 to search for temporary quarters for the program, which offers not only classes for budding professional actors and directors, but also scholarships to young people from low-income households. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "Not even a pandemic could stop this D.C. artistic leader from building the acting school of her dreams," 5 May 2020 There do seem to be several budding long-lasting couples on Listen to Your Heart, but Matt Ranaudo and Rudi (just Rudi) may not be one of them. Martha Sorren, refinery29.com, "There’s Still Hope For Rudi & Matt After That Dramatic Listen To Your Heart Promo," 4 May 2020 The delicate white petals reminded me of my mom’s magnolia bush, which crowds the lamppost at my parents' house and usually blooms in May but has already started to bud this year. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here are some Wisconsin wildflowers and wildlife to look for on your socially distanced walks this spring," 2 Apr. 2020 Joseph’s son Adolphe, a budding archaeologist and photographer, eventually confides in Mr. Leccia about a family scandal. New York Times, "A Classically Inspired House, Complete with Tragedy," 31 May 2020 The death of Eric Garner touched off protests across the city and around the country, energizing a budding project called Black Lives Matter. NBC News, "U.S. rocked by another night of protests, a setback in the fight against COVID-19 and Christo dies," 31 May 2020 Her husband is a good sport about their budding cosmetologist, too. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "​Masks on, scissors out: What it's like to get a haircut in Kentucky under new restrictions," 29 May 2020 Buy now: $179, potterybarnkids.com This is the World book For the budding traveler, there is no better introduction to the great cities of the world than this treasury of M. Sasek’s popular city books. Juliet Izon, Condé Nast Traveler, "9 Best Travel Toys and Activities to Keep Kids of Every Age Entertained at Home," 25 May 2020 Overnight, the budding baseball powerhouse Shoop was building, and everyone saw coming, was suddenly gone. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, "A Birmingham baseball legend deserved better," 13 May 2020

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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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The first known use of bud was in the 14th century

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25 Sep 2020

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“Bud.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bud. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for bud

bud

noun
How to pronounce bud (audio)

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 How to pronounce bud (audio) \

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 How to pronounce bud (audio) \

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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