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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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Other Words from bud


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 So These comfortable, great-sounding workout buds are guaranteed against two years of water damage and made our Best of CES list this year. Adrienne So, Wired, "The 10 Best CES Devices You Can Buy Right Now," 11 Jan. 2020 At marijuana shops around the state, flower, or the dry marijuana buds that can be smoked, has typically been the first product to go. Ally Marotti, Anchorage Daily News, "Some Illinois marijuana dispensaries halt recreational sales amid product shortages," 7 Jan. 2020 There is evidence for Turing mechanisms at work in zebra-fish stripes, the spacing between hair follicles in mice, feather buds on a bird's skin, the ridges on a mouse's palate, as well as the digits on a mouse's paw. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Clustering pattern of Azteca ant colonies may be due to a Turing mechanism," 2 Jan. 2020 This tale of a boy and his dragon laps its fellow animated and fantasy fare by combining a bunch of mythological swagger with a heartwarming, undying friendship between ride-or-die buds. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "What a lovely decade! Here are the 10 best movies of the 2010s, from 'Lady Bird' to 'Mad Max'," 27 Dec. 2019 Look for plants – particularly orchids and Christmas cactus – that have some tight buds as well as open flowers in order to extend bloom. oregonlive, "Blooming houseplants make beautiful last-minute gifts," 21 Dec. 2019 To achieve the room-filling scent and signature taste-bud-assailing butter flavor of movie-theatre popcorn, cinemas use a product called Flavacol, a sandlike substance whose only resemblance to dairy is its paper-carton packaging. S. Whitney Holmes, The New Yorker, "Inside Popcorn’s Multisensory Appeal," 26 Nov. 2019 Also, their hard-plastic contours did not enable ear-canal sealing, meaning outside noise seeped in around the edges and made the buds all but useless on trains, planes and busy city streets. Julio Ojeda-zapata, Twin Cities, "Achieving marital harmony and physical fitness with Apple wearable gear," 26 Nov. 2019 The aromas, like zesty lemon and organic rose buds, are intoxicating. Hannah Seligson, Town & Country, "What to Do, See, Eat, and Shop For in Lisbon, Portugal," 25 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Finding a consistent five will be critical, as well as blending young, budding stars in Duplain, Samac and Dobbs in the right combination. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Analyzing Michigan State football depth chart heading into 2020 offseason," 5 Jan. 2020 Once thought to be a budding star, Franco has sputtered and doesn't seem to have a future as the Phillies pursue a third baseman in free agency. Jesse Yomtov, USA TODAY, "11 MLB non-tender candidates who could become free agents," 2 Dec. 2019 The episode dwells on the budding romance between Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler) and her drug-addled boyfriend as tensions ramp up between Tony (James Gandolfini) and Ralph (Joe Pantoliano). NBC News, "Thanksgiving episodes are ubiquitous. Here's what to stream this weekend.," 28 Nov. 2019 For the last six years, DesRochers has run several incubator kitchens, helping other budding food entrepreneurs grow and run their businesses. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "'What you have is enough': This lady lives every day like it's Thanksgiving," 27 Nov. 2019 For today’s business leaders and budding entrepreneurs, his wise words on trusteeship are a good place to start. Sudev Sheth, Quartz India, "What Gandhi would’ve thought of today’s self-driving cars and e-commerce," 1 Oct. 2019 Who would expect the next phase of that renaissance to bud in backwaters such as Sewanee, Tenn., and Milledgeville, Ga.? Stephen Mirarchi, National Review, "A Trove of Letters from Flannery O’Connor and Friends," 28 Dec. 2019 The holidays can be a magical time for budding relationships and where better to find your perfect match than in this real-life fairytale castle in the snow? Aurelie Corinthios, PEOPLE.com, "HBO Max Announces 12 Dates of Christmas, a Holiday-Themed Reality Dating Show Set in a Castle," 16 Dec. 2019 Thanks to budding popularity, energy bars, chocolate balls, chips, pasta, flour and more made from crickets are widely available online and in specialty stores. Washington Post, "Your Tarantula Tacos are served! How to eat your way to sustainable future.," 16 Dec. 2019

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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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15 Jan 2020

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“Bud.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buds. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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How to pronounce bud (audio)

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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