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

Yet Richardson and Robinson — real-life best buds who both grew up here — brought the show back to the Motor City for another season of shooting in the summer of 2017. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "'Detroiters' returns for a second season. It's more Detroit-centric than ever.," 17 June 2018 Bob and Kevin were not only brothers-in-law but truly best buds. courant.com, "Kevin M. Miller," 4 Apr. 2018 When and how to prune: In spring, cut back to a set of live buds, about a third down from the top. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Clematis," 17 Mar. 2017 Figs take a rest to mature their vegetative buds that begin growth during warm spring days. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Heirloom tomatoes big on taste, not on fruit," 6 Jan. 2018 Two Denver tour bus companies, which offered a party-bus atmosphere with buds instead of beers and stops at dispensaries and grow operations, had to curtail their operations after getting busted by Denver City Police last month. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "What Michigan needs to learn from Colorado's legalized marijuana," 12 July 2018 At that time Cotton lived with his best bud Duncan. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Give one of these Valley rescue pets a forever home this week," 22 June 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The tax credit scheme dates to the 2008 Energy Improvement and Extension Act, which boosted the budding electric car industry by artificially closing the price gap between EVs and cheaper gasoline-powered cars. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "The Terrible Timing of Tesla's Expiring $7,500 Tax Credit," 12 July 2018 Still, the budding friendship hasn't stopped either man from taking good-natured jabs at the other, jokes that in hindsight might have been made with this match in mind. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "Report: Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson Planning $10 Million, Winner-Take-All Match," 6 July 2018 Gregg Doyel meets olympic luger Aiden Kelly, who teaches budding gold medalists the craft at Indy's soapbox derby hill, Indianapolis, Saturday, June 23, 2018. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: USA Luge's search for next great Winter Olympian visits Indianapolis," 28 June 2018 Your mind wanders from a friendship to a budding romance. BostonGlobe.com, "For Attorney General Maura Healey, sports were crucial to success," 11 July 2018 Blair's posts about Helen and Holden's budding romance were packed with speculation and innuendo. Taylor Lorenz, The Atlantic, "Stop Live-Tweeting Strangers Flirting," 9 July 2018 Two strangers grew closer on a flight to Dallas this week, and nearly every detail of the (possibly) budding romance was posted on social media. Joel Shannon, USA TODAY, "Millions are hoping 'Plane Bae' found love with a stranger on a flight to Dallas," 5 July 2018 Despite his long list of celebrity ex-girlfriends, Mayer couldn't help but wonder if fans speculate a budding romance between him and his TV show host friend. Abby Jones, Billboard, "Watch John Mayer Cover Diana Ross for Andy Cohen's 50th Birthday Special," 4 June 2018 When the British press takes notice of a budding royal romance, there is usually a familiar theme. Afua Hirsch, Time, "What Meghan Markle Means to the World," 17 May 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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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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