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
In a city dominated by the burgeoning cat café market, New York City is finally saying woof to a new type of eating experience with animals.
There’s a creative ferment, with burgeoning art and tech and food scenes, a rapidly expanding rail network, and, well, all the other stuff this magazine covers.
On other days, the burgeoning downtown population could comfortably access the park by foot, bike and a new streetcar system.
Olmert was forced to resign in 2008 to fight off a burgeoning corruption case, leading to the election of the current prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, the following year.
For the next few days, the Phan brothers showed us around southern Vietnam while putting on display the country's burgeoning off-road culture.
Sheeran has experience in attracting world attention to burgeoning problems.
The Enquirer/Patrick Brennan The early returns are in, and most indicators point to success regarding the burgeoning, on-field relationship between Futbol Club Cincinnati's Danni Konig and Djiby Fall.
The site will also be gay-friendly and located a block east of the burgeoning Whiskey Row district in the heart of downtown, said John Gardner, one of the key investors in the club.
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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 centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of burgeon for English Language Learners
: to grow or develop quickly
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