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bud

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noun \ˈbəd\

Definition of bud

  1. 1 :  a small lateral or terminal protuberance on the stem of a plant that may develop into a flower, leaf, or shoot

  2. 2 :  something not yet mature or at full development: 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. 3 :  buddy

in the bud

  1. :  in an early stage of development <nipped the rebellion in the bud>

Examples of bud in a sentence

  1. The bush has plenty of buds but no flowers yet.

  2. <that sitcom star is still a bud, so all he needs right now are looks and personality>

Origin and Etymology of bud

Middle English budde


First Known Use: 14th century


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bud

verb

Definition of bud

budded

budding

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 of a plant a :  to set or put forth buds b :  to commence growth from buds

  3. 2 :  to grow or develop from or as if from a bud

  4. 3 :  to reproduce asexually especially by the pinching off of a small part of the parent

  5. transitive verb
  6. 1 :  to produce or develop from buds

  7. 2 :  to cause (as a plant) to bud

  8. 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

Examples of bud in a sentence

  1. The trees budded early this spring.

14th Century

First Known Use of bud

14th century



BUD Defined for English Language Learners

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bud

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noun \ˈbəd\

Definition of bud for English Language Learners

  • : a small part that grows on a plant and develops into a flower, leaf, or new branch


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bud

verb

Definition of bud for English Language Learners

  • : to produce buds


BUD Defined for Kids

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bud

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noun \ˈbəd\

Definition of bud for Students

  1. 1 :  a small growth at the tip or on the side of a stem that later develops into a flower, leaf, or branch

  2. 2 :  a flower that has not fully opened

  3. 3 :  an early stage of development <Let's nip this problem in the bud.>


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bud

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verb

Definition of bud for Students

budded

budding

  1. 1 :  to form or put forth a small growth that develops into a flower, leaf, or branch <The trees budded early this spring.>

  2. 2 :  to reproduce by asexual means by forming a small growth that pinches off and develops into a new organism <a budding yeast cell>


Medical Dictionary

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bud

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noun \ˈbəd\

Medical Definition of bud

  1. 1a:  an asexual reproductive structureb:  a primordium having potentialities for growth and development into a definitive structure <an embryonic limb bud> <a horn bud>

  2. 2:  an anatomical structure (as a tactile corpuscle) resembling a bud


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bud

intransitive verb

Medical Definition of bud

budded

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budding

  1. :  to reproduce asexually especially by the pinching off of a small part of the parent



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