burgeon

verb
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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If, just if, the summit could have gone on one more day…that might have given the two leaders time to build their burgeoning rapport and overrule sceptics in their delegations. The Economist, "Reagan and Gorbachev’s tantalising nuclear talks in Reykjavik," 15 Aug. 2019 The league recognized Jokic’s unique appeal and acknowledged the Nuggets’ burgeoning talent. Mike Singer, The Denver Post, "Nuggets schedule released: Counting down Denver’s must-see home games in 2019-20," 12 Aug. 2019 In March of 2014, Jim Hannan joined a group of executives at Georgia-Pacific to discuss a burgeoning crisis. Christopher Leonard, ProPublica, "Rising Profits, Rising Injuries: The Safety Crisis at Koch Industries’ Georgia-Pacific," 8 Aug. 2019 In March of 2014, Jim Hannan joined a group of executives at Georgia-Pacific to discuss a burgeoning crisis. Fortune, "Rising Profits, Rising Injuries: Koch Industries Faces a Safety Crisis at Georgia-Pacific," 8 Aug. 2019 Franks’ continued growth and burgeoning confidence, another year in Mullen’s system and a sense of urgency from the team’s upperclassmen have positioned Florida’s passing game for a big season. Edgar Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Gators passing game puts in extra time during offseason with eye on title," 27 July 2019 Then production slides into a greatest hits compilation of Hannah and Tyler's burgeoning relationship. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "The Bachelorette Clip Show Was Awful — But This Tyler C. Detail May Have Been Worth It," 18 June 2019 By the late 1960s, cosmology was a burgeoning subject. Quanta Magazine, "On the Best Use of Science to Safeguard Humanity," 5 Dec. 2018 There is no doubt the trade war is playing some role in this, although analysts point out that much of China's economic woes come from domestic factors, such as a burgeoning debt problem. Anna Fifield, Anchorage Daily News, "China warns of retaliatory measures after Trump threatens new tariffs," 2 Aug. 2019

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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

verb

English Language Learners Definition of burgeon

formal : to grow or develop quickly

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