bud

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noun

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
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

bud

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verb

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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
For other evergreens, like boxwoods and hollies, removing the branch tip or even cutting branches back drastically will force a buildup of growth hormone and carbohydrate energy reserves into the dormant buds beneath the cutoff point. Miri Talabac, Baltimore Sun, 15 Feb. 2024 Features One of the best features on the buds is Auto Volume. David Phelan, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 These include blemishes on the stalks or buds that are dropping. Kimberly Holland, Southern Living, 9 Feb. 2024 California has long been the nation’s largest cannabis producer, prized for its fragrant, powerful buds. Michael R. Blood, Fortune, 1 Feb. 2024 Here’s coffee, American-style: Rush in, jostle in line, try to remember the difference between a flat white and a macchiato, settle in with a laptop and free WiFi, ear buds in your ears, and ignore everything around you. Kathleen Purvis, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Edward Enninful wanted to go out with a bang — and all his buds. Hedy Phillips, Peoplemag, 8 Feb. 2024 That matches their lowest price, offering a good value for Apple’s premium noise-canceling buds with their handy new charging port. Antonio G. Di Benedetto, The Verge, 6 Jan. 2024 Most of those are $10 ear buds that people grab at big box stores like Walmart or at airport stores. Shira Ovide, Washington Post, 23 Jan. 2024
Verb
At the time, the budding prodigy was diagnosed with a growth deficiency and needed an expensive hormone treatment, according to The Athletic. Nasha Smith, Peoplemag, 21 Feb. 2024 While that may be so, Modric has shown an interest in coaching one day with the prospect of learning under Ancelotti vital work experience for any budding manager. Tom Sanderson, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 But the Panthers legend had the self-awareness, even in his early 20s, to know a budding basketball career wasn’t worth stunting the potential of an extraordinary football journey. Mike Kaye, Charlotte Observer, 14 Feb. 2024 Brittany Mahomes Photo: Getty Images Most Popular Legally, all football wives and girlfriends have to be friends, so the budding closeness between Swift and Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes’s wife, Brittany, makes perfect sense. Emma Specter, Vogue, 8 Feb. 2024 The budding star also has a sweet relationship with his soon-to-be stepdad. Emy Lacroix, Peoplemag, 6 Feb. 2024 The budding basketball star rotated between three homes, each supplying its own brand of comfort. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 5 Feb. 2024 Except that a few weeks later, during Chiefs training camp, talk of a budding romance between the pop star and Travis Kelce started to gain traction. Randy Mason, Kansas City Star, 2 Feb. 2024 The budding love story featuring music superstar Taylor Swift and Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce took an unexpected turn into the world of political conspiracy theories this week after the team advanced to the Super Bowl. Melissa Goldin, Fortune, 1 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English budde

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Bud.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bud. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

bud

1 of 2 noun
1
: a small growth at the tip or on the side of a plant stem that later develops into a flower, leaf, or new shoot
2
: a flower that has not fully opened
3
: a part that grows out from the body of a plant or animal and develops into a new individual
4
: a stage in which something is not yet fully developed
trees in bud
a plan still in the bud

bud

2 of 2 verb
budded; budding
1
: to set or put forth buds
2
: to be or develop like a bud (as in freshness and promise of growth)
a budding diplomat
3
: to reproduce by the pinching off of a small part of the parent
budding yeast cells
4
: to insert a bud from one plant into an opening cut in the bark of (another plant) in order to grow a desired variety

Medical Definition

bud

1 of 2 noun
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

bud

2 of 2 intransitive verb
budded; budding
: to reproduce asexually especially by the pinching off of a small part of the parent

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