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

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 Each bud has a button on its face, with the left offering the Klipsch logo, and in our case, the right offers the McLaren logo. Maren Estrada, BGR, 6 Sep. 2021 Katy’s surprised to find her bud battling villains like a kung fu Spider-Man, and one of them nabs a pendant from Shaun that his late mother Li (Fala Chen) gave him. Brian Truitt, Detroit Free Press, 3 Sep. 2021 In Saskatchewan and Manitoba, just after the snow melts but before flowers start to bud, Pat Bruderer, 67, searches for paper birch trees. Washington Post, 30 Aug. 2021 Like other Sony products, the WF-1000XM4 earbuds rely on touch control, using a double tap on the right bud to skip a track and a single tap to pause. Nina Huang, EW.com, 23 Aug. 2021 Is that red dot on the right earbud an attempt to fix one of the continuing annoyances of AirPods Pro, trying to work out which bud goes in which side of the case? Jeremy White, Wired, 28 July 2021 But in that case, Dr. O’Hara said, humans nipped cultural evolution in the bud. James Gorman, New York Times, 22 July 2021 Making bitters also allows for flexibility and creativity because flowers can be either fresh or dried and can include the stem or just the bud. oregonlive, 21 July 2021 They are perched amid seven plump oranges, more than a dozen orange blossoms in flower or bud, four honeybees and a tracery of stems and leaves. Washington Post, 7 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The other seasons, by contrast, tend to announce themselves much more subtly: Blossoms bud silently, snow and leaves fall without a sound. New York Times, 4 Aug. 2021 May’s full moon is known as the Flower Moon due to the abundance of flowers that bud during springtime. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, 26 May 2021 Above her head were plastic bags caught in the branches of a tree that was yet to bud. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, 3 May 2021 Most trees in my space are only starting to bud, some still in early flowering, so don’t give up on your new plant yet. oregonlive, 23 Apr. 2021 About $211 million of that went to marijuana growers and sellers, while $49 million flowed to companies that make devices for marijuana like vaporizers, growing pods and bud trimmers. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 15 Apr. 2021 After a fraught year of isolation and closed-door suffering imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, signs of hope have slowly begun to bud as tired survivors of the outbreak start to emerge. Hallie Miller, baltimoresun.com, 10 Apr. 2021 There was some hope a few months ago that this season a rivalry could begin to bud. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, 18 Jan. 2021 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, 5 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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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

bud

intransitive verb
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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