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
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

bairn [chiefly Scottish], bambino, chap [Southern & Midland], chick, child, cub, juvenile, kid, kiddie (also kiddy), kiddo, moppet, sprat, sprout, 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

Use scissors to cut back an inch or two down from the unopened bud — utting right above a set of leaves. Betty Cahill, The Denver Post, "Ten tips to ensure a healthy lawn during a Colorado summer," 27 June 2019 The poets are dragged out of their garrets to provide more floral polish: the tender bud of youth flowers, withers, ultimately falls away. Lisa Wells, Harper's magazine, "Nightmares at 20,000 Feet," 10 Apr. 2019 Cut your rhizomes into sections, with two or three buds on each section. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Your Own Turmeric Indoors," 22 July 2018 Get a chile relleno appetizer to begin, lightly fried and swimming in a tomato chipotle sauce, with two little buds of sour cream on top. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, "How to eat like a local on Newbury Street," 19 June 2018 Instead of angels and saints, there were soldiers beheading one another; instead of Madonnas and Christs, there were pregnant women sprouting from acanthus buds. Junot Díaz, The New Yorker, "The Hunt for Mexico’s Heirloom Beans," 17 Apr. 2018 Ingredients like ground annatto seeds, shrimp paste, banana flour buds and Chinese long beans can be found in Asian markets —and certainly any of San Diego’s many Filipino markets. San Diego Union-Tribune, "3 chefs share recipes inspired by their cooking dads," 11 June 2019 The vehicle was unlocked and ear buds and a shave bag were removed. Dan White, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Davie, Cooper City area crime reports," 11 July 2018 Their familiar sleepy hometown quickly devolves into a mad scramble for food, supplies, alliances, and power as a brand-new society buds. Jill Gutowitz, Glamour, "Netflix’s The Society Is a Lot More Real Than You Think," 13 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The question is, who among these budding stars is going to sign first? Curtis Pashelka, The Mercury News, "What’s next for the Sharks and Timo Meier? Maybe a waiting game," 29 June 2019 This year, there was a youth artist’s division for the display and sale of the work of budding artists. Gina Grillo, chicagotribune.com, "Festival of Fine Arts in Highland Park shines spotlight on variety," 24 June 2019 As for the program itself, the budding Clackamas star hopes to attend his first game this fall. oregonlive.com, "Miles Williams, 2022 Clackamas athlete, receives Oregon State Beavers offer," 20 June 2019 The new gallery space has been added by the nonprofit to serve as an exhibition space for budding artists who are seeking ways to launch a professional career within the art world. Sarah Bonnette, nola.com, "Artscape: Movie poster pop-up coming to St. Tammany Art Association," 19 June 2019 The show is on Comedy Cenrtal at 11 p.m. and the party starts at 10 p.m. Hart travels to cities throughout the season (this is Season 3) and learns about the local comedy scene and highlights some of its budding stars. Michael K. Mcintyre, cleveland.com, "Comedian Alonzo Bodden will be in Cleveland for two straight weekends," 12 June 2019 Jenner, a budding tattoo artist in her own right, revealed her new tattoo on her Instagram stories Thursday evening in a short video clip also featuring her friend Anastasia Karanikolaou, in which the two showed off their matching designs. Katherine Cusumano, Allure, "Kylie Jenner and Anastasia Karanikolaou Got Matching "Stormi" Tattoos," 18 May 2019 The results of the day were up for auction last night, with each of the budding artists there to discuss their unique experience in the program. Mai Morsch, Vogue, "Artists Eddie Martinez and Sam Moyer Are Celebrated at the Free Arts NYC Auction," 26 Apr. 2019 But Ryan Braun -- with two strikeouts to his credit already -- grounded into a 4-3 double play and Yasmani Grandal grounded out to quickly end the budding threat. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Giants 5, Brewers 3: San Francisco flexes some rare muscle in series opener," 15 June 2019

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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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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 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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