Definition of burgeon
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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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
Recent Examples of burgeon from the Web
The burgeoning student enrollment prompted an $18 million construction program, featuring building additions at Olive-Mary Stitt and Ivy Hill elementary schools, which were completed by the start of the 2016-17 school year.
The burgeoning manufacturing sector was sewing the seeds of an economic miracle, while the city's population expanded rapidly.
Damian Marley is quietly building a powerful portfolio in the burgeoning marijuana industry that combines cultural awareness, ethics and business savvy.
The R Street Corridor’s First Fridays Art Walk from 6 to 9 p.m. features galleries along the city burgeoning arts and dining corridor in an old industrial area near downtown Sacramento.
She was intrigued by the burgeoning Maker Movement, a community, primarily on the West Coast, defined by Adweek as: ... independent inventors, designers, and tinkerers.
There were many other reassuring and admirable aspects of Deford, of course, but a few that should reverberate now more than ever with the burgeoning of social media and proliferation of the fake news industry.
Trump is grappling with a burgeoning crisis involving alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign.
If professional video game players banded together, they would be locked into regulations and dispute resolution processes that would bring stability to this burgeoning but mercurial corner of sports, managers say.
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Did You Know?
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.
Origin and Etymology of burgeon
Middle English burjonen, from Anglo-French burjuner, from burjun bud, from Vulgar Latin *burrion-, burrio, from Late Latin burra fluff, shaggy cloth
First Known Use: 14th century
BURGEON Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of burgeon for English Language Learners
: to grow or develop quickly
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