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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Night said he isn’t done yet with his burgeoning pot empire. Hugo Martin, latimes.com, "Full vending machines. Pot on the pillow. What some California hotels are doing to attract marijuana smokers," 22 June 2018 But the growing phenomenon of straight young adults attending just to party, sometimes in large numbers, has burgeoned in recent years. Ashley Wong, USA TODAY, "Gay Pride parades used to mean protests. Now they're an excuse for straight kids to party," 22 June 2018 Shares of famed jeans maker Levi Strauss & Co. vaulted 32% in their first day of trading Thursday, the latest sign of a burgeoning IPO market that is on pace to be one of the best ever. Suzanne Kapner, WSJ, "Levi Strauss Shares Surge 32% in Debut," 21 Mar. 2019 But as the industry eyes the burgeoning biosimilar market, that united front is starting to crack. Erin Mershon, STAT, "As the drug industry eyes the burgeoning biosimilar market, its united front is starting to crack," 25 June 2018 The burgeoning markets are the U.S. and middle European countries. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "Bristol Bay is a happy place right now, but time — and the marketplace – will tell if those smiles last," 17 June 2018 And in the burgeoning market for cloud computing, Google is hardly more than a bit player . Jeff Jacoby, BostonGlobe.com, "Don’t break up Google — the market will sort everything out," 14 June 2018 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

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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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