\ 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


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


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


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


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

Our lovely little bud Baby Ba Boo aka Graham the Kitten passed away last night after being hit by a car. Diane J. Cho, PEOPLE.com, "Remembering the Celebrity Pets We Lost in 2019," 8 Aug. 2019 My bud, Jeffrey is a lovely guy who works for Disney. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Disney Publicist Jeffrey Epstein Is "Not That Jeffrey Epstein"," 8 Aug. 2019 This is not a good time to be wearing your ear buds. The Know Staff, The Know, "How to outrun a bear," 23 July 2019 Got to spend it with my best bud, @shinkawasaki ❤️ in Catalina. Alexis Jones, Marie Claire, "Kirk From 'Gilmore Girls' Just Got Married In Real Life," 22 July 2019 Tuck small chinoiserie boxes or bud vases into areas that need a little extra detail. Ap Mcclatchy, The Mercury News, "The art of the #shelfie," 8 July 2019 Fortunately for Peter, apparently, all of his nearest and dearest — including his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), his best bud Ned (Jacob Batalon), and his crush MJ (Zendaya) — were blipped away and are effectively unchanged since Homecoming. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "Spider-Man: Far From Home is a full-on heroic triumph," 27 June 2019 The formula, like its other Tattoo Studio brow buds, is long-wearing, waterproof, and smudge-proof. Sable Yong, Allure, "Exclusive: Maybelline New York Is Adding an Affordable, Long-Lasting Brow Pomade to Its Tattoo Studio Line," 6 Sep. 2018 Faced with the problem of his own succession in 2024, Vladimir Putin has decided to nip any protest in the bud. The Economist, "Moscow’s protests are inspired by the thuggery of the Kremlin," 25 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Bobby, your daughter is a budding Food Network star herself, right? Ana Calderone, PEOPLE.com, "Bobby Flay and Michael Symon Rehash Their Competitive, Yet Loving Friendship," 8 Aug. 2019 But budding stars don’t always eat at pricey steakhouses. Jimmy Greenfield, chicagotribune.com, "Blackhawks teach their prospects how to eat smarter — say yes to bone broth and dark chocolate — to get them to the NHL faster," 19 July 2019 Ella loves fishing, picking berries and spending time with Henry, a budding artist. Washington Post, "KidsPost Summer Book Club: ‘How High the Moon’," 23 July 2019 A month later, a source opened up about their budding romance. Jeff Nelson, PEOPLE.com, "Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner Are Married (Again)! Couple Weds in Romantic French Ceremony," 29 June 2019 Almost every episode of that final season centered around Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt’s various daily dramas and Brody Jenner and Kristin’s budding relationship. Nicole Pomarico, refinery29.com, "The Hills Series Finale Was One Of The Wildest TV Moments Ever, In Case You Forgot," 25 June 2019 In fact, the show has a series of Freudian themes tied to the pilots’ budding sexuality. Maya Phillips, The New Yorker, "How “Neon Genesis Evangelion” Reimagined Our Relationship to Machines," 21 June 2019 The Cavs entered the offseason with a specific goal: Find a complementary piece to go with budding star Irving. Chris Fedor, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA Draft, Darius Garland and a cautionary tale about overvaluing positional need: Chris Fedor," 18 June 2019 Galveston was a contender too, at one point, but the Storm of 1900 abruptly ended that budding challenger. Darla Guillen Gilthorpe, Houston Chronicle, "Pocket guide for traveling to, around the Dallas-Forth Worth area," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of bud


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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

History and Etymology for bud


Middle English budde

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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



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

: to produce buds


\ 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.


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


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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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