bur·​geon | \ ˈbər-jən How to pronounce burgeon (audio) \
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 first appeared in Middle English as burjonen—a borrowing from the Anglo-French burjuner, meaning "to bud or sprout." Burgeon is often used figuratively, as when writer P. G. Wodehouse used it in the 1946 novel 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
Recent Examples on the Web Weaver helped burgeon the Scottsdale Bella Vista Prep girls hoops in 2018. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, 1 June 2021 Even though Snapchat stopped losing users in February 2019, expectations were that any further user growth would continue to come from burgeoning markets in South America and Asia. Amrita Khalid, Quartz, 21 Apr. 2020 Georgetown University’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology published a deep dive into the burgeoning market of A.I. chips. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, 14 Apr. 2020 To many, the region’s burgeoning wildlife markets—which sell a wide range of animals such as bats, civets, pangolins, badgers and crocodiles—are perfect viral melting pots. Jane Qiu, Scientific American, 11 Mar. 2020 See Andrew Brisbo, Shoran Reid Williams and Rush Hasan on a show focused on the burgeoning marijuana market in Michigan. Carol Cain, Detroit Free Press, 23 Nov. 2019 Certainly his burgeoning relationship with Sophie (Zazie Beetz), the single mother down the hall, seems too good to be true. BostonGlobe.com, 3 Oct. 2019 As with Israel, Moscow’s burgeoning relationship with Saudi Arabia represents a sea change from the Soviet era. Angela Stent, WSJ, 15 Feb. 2019 With its burgeoning constellation, SpaceX has surged ahead of OneWeb and several other competitors seeking to develop low-latency Internet from space. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 6 Jan. 2020 See More

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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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“Burgeon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burgeon. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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