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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
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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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 Though no part of the bud extends down and out of the ear (as is the case with AirPods), the Pixel Bud anchor appears externally to physically take up more space in the ear while being worn. Anabel Pasarow, refinery29.com, "Here’s How Google’s New Pixel Buds Compare To AirPods," 27 Apr. 2020 In early spring most of the buds are blackish brown and rotten and never open. oregonlive, "Need help caring for winterhazel? Ask an expert," 4 Apr. 2020 Here's a truly fresh idea: UK conservation charity the National Trust is calling on people to take a moment to appreciate the arrival of spring by sharing photos of buds and blossoms online using the hashtag #BlossomWatch. Aj Willingham, CNN, "The Good Stuff: Aquarium puppies, a Zoom wedding and a flower photo swap," 27 Mar. 2020 Theft: Mayfield Ridge Road Roommates at a home reported March 14 that $20 cash and a pair of Apple air buds had gone missing from the home after a man had stayed there one evening. cleveland, "Gun-carrying suspect guzzles bottle of wine as officers detain him: Mayfield Heights Police Blotter," 25 Mar. 2020 One of the magnolia buds is just, just, just about to bloom. Liana Finck, The New York Review of Books, "Rear Window," 15 Mar. 2020 The oaks, redbud and other flora might have a trace of green buds starting to emerge in some areas, but most flora is still in winter hibernation. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Where to go this weekend to enjoy this crazy warm weather," 26 Feb. 2020 If your mum plants appear next spring, pinch the tips of the buds a few times before July to encourage more bushiness. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "Are Mums Perennials? Here's What to Know About the Flower," 22 Jan. 2020 An Ecoscience study found that 90% of the buds within their reach had been browsed, stunting the willows and creating a feedback cycle through the entire ecosystem. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "A pressure cooker, a couple of willow ptarmigan and voila! Dinner is served.," 4 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Overnight, the budding baseball powerhouse Shoop was building, and everyone saw coming, was suddenly gone. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, "A Birmingham baseball legend deserved better," 13 May 2020 North Texas’ budding esports industry emerged with new prominence in 2019, and companies, schools, fans and investors paid attention. Dom Difurio, Dallas News, "What to watch in 2020: Is esports a real moneymaker or all hype?," 3 Jan. 2020 Ohio’s budding medical marijuana industry is competitive. Laura Hancock, cleveland, "3 Ohio medical marijuana processors to disclose ingredients on vape product labels," 11 Oct. 2019 Jaunt was founded in 2013 to build technology for the budding virtual reality industry. Natalie Jarvey, The Hollywood Reporter, "Verizon Acquires VR Technology From Disney-Backed Jaunt," 30 Sep. 2019 Marie are among the few colleges in the nation to offer degree programs for students looking to break into the budding industry. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "In the Upper Peninsula, weed is a lonely pursuit for its one and only dispensary," 10 June 2019 One of Mura Masa's signature chipper, tropical rhythms gives Charli XCX the perfect foundation upon which to build her ode to budding romance. Kat Bein, Billboard, "15 Dance Songs About Numbers," 16 Jan. 2018 At Tiny Hearts, tubers showing a budding eye, or growth point, are planted directly into the field around mid-May, laid on their sides, six inches deep. Margaret Roach, New York Times, "It’s Not Too Late for a Flower Garden," 1 May 2020 So the idea of OWL’s budding rivals meeting to decide which squad was the best in Texas was shoveled to the back-burner. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "Dallas Fuel and Houston Outlaws are bringing their Overwatch League rivalry to TV in new Lone Star Showdown," 30 Apr. 2020

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

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20 May 2020

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“Bud.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bud. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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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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