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

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

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

Ingredients like ground annatto seeds, shrimp paste, banana flour buds and Chinese long beans can be found in Asian markets —and certainly any of San Diego’s many Filipino markets. San Diego Union-Tribune, "3 chefs share recipes inspired by their cooking dads," 11 June 2019 The vehicle was unlocked and ear buds and a shave bag were removed. Dan White, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Davie, Cooper City area crime reports," 11 July 2018 Their familiar sleepy hometown quickly devolves into a mad scramble for food, supplies, alliances, and power as a brand-new society buds. Jill Gutowitz, Glamour, "Netflix’s The Society Is a Lot More Real Than You Think," 13 May 2019 Last Man Standing fans were thrown when Mike Baxter (Tim Allen) and his business partner slash best bud Ed Alzate (Hector Elizondo) parted ways earlier this season. Megan Stein, Country Living, "A ‘Last Man Standing’ Sneak Peek Shows Ed Is Struggling With His Decision to Retire," 16 Nov. 2018 In mid-August plant transplants of zinnias, marigolds and celosias that are in bud but not yet in bloom. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "Here’s your gardening to-do list for the second part of the summer," 11 July 2018 Most bud tenders have no formal training in medicine or science. Gary Robbins, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Consumers are being flooded with dubious claims about the health benefits of marijuana," 9 July 2018 Whereas a typical joint in the ’70s probably had a THC level of 4 to 5 percent, at best, growers are now breeding strains of cannabis that produce buds with THC levels as high as 20 to 30 percent. Carrie Feibel, Washington Post, "With The Rise Of Legal Weed, Drug Education Moves From ‘Don’t’ to ‘Delay’," 7 June 2018 The floral designs came to life in white vases filled with blooming buds and pink ranunculus, while the intimate setting reflected the brand’s pillar of sisterhood and community. Neesha Arter, Vogue, "The Dôen Sisters Host a California Dreamy Dinner to Celebrate a New Line With Net-a-Porter," 2 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But Ryan Braun -- with two strikeouts to his credit already -- grounded into a 4-3 double play and Yasmani Grandal grounded out to quickly end the budding threat. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Giants 5, Brewers 3: San Francisco flexes some rare muscle in series opener," 15 June 2019 In the Northern Hemisphere’s summer, El Nino promotes wind shear across the Atlantic that can tear apart budding tropical storms and hurricanes. Bloomberg News, The Mercury News, "Forecast for El Nino’s ability to limit hurricanes this year is ‘murky’," 14 June 2019 When Meghan was a budding actress at Immaculate Heart school in L.A., her dad would help with the sets for plays. Christina Dugan, PEOPLE.com, "Meghan Markle's Former Teacher Describes Her Dad as a 'Kind, Loving Man' Amid Royal Wedding Drama," 16 May 2018 The Wolves want complementary pieces, and Heat want a young, budding star. Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "ASK IRA: Should Heat consider an eventual play for Andrew Wiggins?," 16 Mar. 2018 The nature around President Obama is living, not static; green with heights of floral color, not the reverse; and the garden that has grown up about him provides both a metaphorical past of covered ground with a future of still-budding potential. Kim Sajet, Smithsonian, "In Obama’s Official Portrait the Flowers Are Cultivated From the Past," 21 Feb. 2018 Hendrick still has seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson in the stable as well as budding star Chase Elliott. Jenna Fryer, Houston Chronicle, "Martin Truex Jr. plays a steady hand as NASCAR returns from offseason of upheaval," 10 Feb. 2018 Just in time for 4/20, budding cannabis lifestyle brand Higher Standards is releasing a collaboration with renowned potter, designer, and author Jonathan Adler. Jennifer Milne, ELLE Decor, "In Time for 4/20, the Ultimate and Uber-Chic Weed Accessories from Jonathan Adler," 19 Apr. 2019 Officials placed new attention on developments that might lead the economy to slow more than forecast, a sign of budding caution. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "Fed Minutes Signal December Rate Increase Likely, But Less Certain Path Next Year," 29 Nov. 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 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
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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