bur·​geon | \ˈbər-jən \
variants: or less commonly
burgeoned also bourgeoned; burgeoning also bourgeoning; burgeons also bourgeons

Definition of burgeon 

intransitive verb

1a : to send forth new growth (such as buds or branches) : sprout

b : bloom when the flame trees and jacaranda are burgeoning— Alan Carmichael

2 : to grow and expand rapidly : flourish The market for her work has burgeoned in recent years. tiny events which burgeon into national alarums— Herman Wouk

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Burgeon comes from the Middle English word burjonen, which is from Anglo-French burjuner; both mean "to bud or sprout." "Burgeon" is often used figuratively, as when P.G. Wodehouse used it in Joy in the Morning: "I weighed this. It sounded promising. Hope began to burgeon." Usage commentators have objected to the use of "burgeon" to mean "to flourish" or "to grow rapidly," insisting that any figurative use should stay true to the word's earliest literal meaning and distinguish budding or sprouting from subsequent growing. But the sense of "burgeon" that indicates growing or expanding and prospering (as in "the burgeoning music scene" or "the burgeoning international market") has been in established use for decades, and is, in fact, the most common use of "burgeon" today.

Examples of burgeon in a Sentence

The market for collectibles has burgeoned in recent years. the trout population in the stream is burgeoning now that the water is clean

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This is all part of the broader movement for what’s called menstrual equity — and a burgeoning policy agenda to ensure menstrual products are safe, affordable, and available to those who need them. Jennifer Weiss-wolf, Teen Vogue, "Tampon Tax Struck Down in Nevada Vote," 7 Nov. 2018 But with brands like Tom Ford and KKW Beauty also on board, and the burgeoning trend of burgundy, dark cherry, and plum eyeshadow on the runway, there's a case to start considering cherry a neutral—or at least a strong contender to bronze. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "came into my life, and my horizons expanded—right up to cherry eyeshadow, the "everywhere" color of fall 2018.," 4 Oct. 2018 These colossal vehicles were simply too expensive, complex, and inflexible for more practical uses, like today's burgeoning industry of launching satellites for scientists, businesses, and the military. Anatoly Zak, Popular Mechanics, "Russia's New Rocket Project Might Resurrect a Soviet-Era Colossus," 24 July 2018 Owned by Bradford Taylor, the wine bar as of 2018 is a shrine to natural wine, which itself is a burgeoning wine category in the Bay Area. Justin Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle, "Two Bay Area bars named among the country’s best," 30 May 2018 Once a leading light of New York City's burgeoning freak-folk scene, Grizzly Bear has struggled to find its niche since that movement dried up a decade ago. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Best and worst of Summerfest Day 1: Kane Brown, Walker Hayes, Jethro Tull and more," 27 June 2018 There’s a burgeoning tech scene now, alongside the banks and law firms, and more students, as Emerson College and other schools have expanded. Tim Logan, BostonGlobe.com, "Downtown Boston will get a new master plan for zoning," 31 May 2018 In response to consumer curiosity about whether those strawberries hailed from 60 miles away or from a produce farm in California, these young farmers — loosely defined to be people under 40 — are trying to ride the wave of a burgeoning food trend. Katie Park, Philly.com, "Like your organic food? Pennsylvania's young farmers are growing it," 11 July 2018 After all, for men at formal events, especially the red carpet, sporting overgrowth is a burgeoning beauty trend, equal parts individual and modern. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Prince Harry's Royal Wedding Beard Is the Ultimate Vote for Formal Facial Hair," 19 May 2018

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First Known Use of burgeon

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for burgeon

Middle English burjonen, from Anglo-French burjuner, from burjun bud, from Vulgar Latin *burrion-, burrio, from Late Latin burra fluff, shaggy cloth

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: to grow or develop quickly

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