bud·​ding | \ˈbə-diŋ \

Definition of budding 

: being in an early stage of development budding novelists

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Examples of budding in a Sentence

her budding career as a lawyer the budding romance between the coworkers was the talk of the office

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The 8 Best Barack Obama Moments of All Time The example Serena has set so far has generated admiration from both young athletes and budding entrepreneurs. Amira Rasool, Teen Vogue, "Serena Williams and Virgil Abloh Collaborate on a New Nike 'Queen' Collection," 23 Aug. 2018 The gambit jeopardized a budding relationship: Over the past two years China has become the biggest buyer of U.S. crude-oil exports, last year taking a fifth of the total. Chuin-wei Yap, WSJ, "China’s Tariff Turnaround: U.S. Crude Oil Drops Off the Target List," 9 Aug. 2018 The plan is to make the stores more welcoming to budding and veteran musicians alike who are ready to spend money on equipment, supplies and other goods and services. Jaclyn Cosgrove, latimes.com, "Guitar Center looked ready for its swan song, but now the retailer is gearing up for an encore," 6 June 2018 Tuesday’s flat leg with its four-kilometer finish — the longest straightaway to conclude a leg on this Tour— was perfect terrain for the budding rivals to break the tie. Joseph Wilson, The Seattle Times, "Gaviria beats Sagan again to claim 2nd Tour win on Stage 4," 10 July 2018 Clemens hammered a solo home run over the right field fence and on his way around the bases decided to heighten the budding drama within this series. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Texas forces Game 3 with win over Tennessee Tech," 10 June 2018 Clemens hammered a solo home run over the right-field fence and on his way around the bases decided to heighten the budding drama within this series. Nick Moyle, Houston Chronicle, "UT defeats Tennessee Tech to force Game 3 of super regional," 10 June 2018 Forbes has estimated the family’s holdings at $5.5 billion and their budding hotel empire has ties to the Ritz-Carlton chain, a rival to the Trump Organization for the affection of wealthy and business travelers. Washington Post, "Family with Trump-like ambition runs hotel hosting summit," 10 June 2018 None of this is to suggest that the Eagles have a budding quarterback controversy here. Mike Sielski, Philly.com, "Carson Wentz wants everyone, including Eagles, to know he plans to be ready for regular season | Mike Sielski," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of budding

circa 1586, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of budding was circa 1586

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English Language Learners Definition of budding

: beginning to develop

: beginning to become successful

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