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 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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The only way to cover the cost of burgeoning debt without growth-crushing taxes is to encourage faster economic growth. Edward Conard, WSJ, "The Crippling Cost of 70% Tax Rates," 21 Jan. 2019 The show will probably get more into Adam and Eric's hook up, Otis' burgeoning sexuality, and Maeve's school trouble, among many other things. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Here's Everything We Know About "Sex Education" Season 2," 14 Jan. 2019 Instead the flowing cape not only flattered her burgeoning baby bump, but also but added interest to the look without any busy-ness. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "How to Wear a Cape Like Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle," 28 Feb. 2019 This burgeoning friendship isn't too surprising, considering the two have publicly shared their admiration for each other. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Drake and Adele Is the Celebrity Friendship We Didn't Know We Deserved," 20 Feb. 2019 Last week, the burgeoning talent released his eight-track EP The International Artist featuring a glut of rising talents including Jessie Reyez, Tory Lanez, Davido, Kap G and more. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, "A Boogie wit da Hoodie Says He Has Six Records With Young Thug, Teases EP With Tory Lanez: Exclusive," 25 June 2018 Of course, if Zaniolo shines for Roma and Nainggolan struggles for Inter next season, the decision to replace a burgeoning young talent with an ageing one will come under severe scrutiny. SI.com, "AS Roma Midfielder Radja Nainggolan Set for Inter Medical Ahead of Cut Price Move," 25 June 2018 The couple already has a lot of experience in carving out time to spend together, which can be a challenge with their burgeoning music careers. Samantha Drake, Country Living, "How Kelsea Ballerini and Morgan Evans Make Their Marriage Work on the Road," 13 Nov. 2018 Normani has kept busy with a hit collaboration with Khalid, a forthcoming new album, and a burgeoning modeling career (NBD). Radhika Menon, Teen Vogue, "Lauren Jauregui Sent Love to Fellow Fifth Harmony Member Dinah Jane About Her New Music," 27 Sep. 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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English Language Learners Definition of burgeon

formal : to grow or develop quickly

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