bur·​geon·​ing ˈbər-jə-niŋ How to pronounce burgeoning (audio)
: growing, expanding, or developing rapidly
a burgeoning market/industry
a burgeoning city
Colorado's burgeoning marijuana industry had struggled under its own astonishing success since legal recreational sales began Jan. 1.David Migoya

Examples of burgeoning in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the time, Burr was receiving briefings and involved in conversations suggesting the country faced a burgeoning health crisis that could hurt the economy. Nicholas Fandos, BostonGlobe.com, 15 May 2020 After the last vote on March 2 ended in a stalemate, Netanyahu and former military chief Benny Gantz agreed late last month to try to form a unity government because of the burgeoning coronavirus crisis. Time, 20 Apr. 2020 Only about 150 people in Kentucky have been tested because the federal government was slow to react to the burgeoning crises. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, 14 Mar. 2020 Some 2,482 miles outside of Silicon Valley, Atlanta is a technological powerhouse—with a growing focus on the burgeoning field of artificial intelligence. Latoya Peterson, Wired, 16 Jan. 2020 Popular Mechanics spoke with Kobziar at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco to learn more about the burgeoning field of science and unravel the impacts these wafted microbes have on the world. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 20 Dec. 2019 In the face of these threats, Cunning — like scores of fellow scientists in the burgeoning field of coral research — feels particular urgency about his work. Steve Johnson, chicagotribune.com, 11 Dec. 2019 Holman set out to renovate the seafood processing facility for the burgeoning cannabis business, which was on the cusp of legalizing retail sales. Rusty Simmons, SFChronicle.com, 8 Apr. 2020 Ebbers was born in Canada and operated a hotel chain in Mississippi before getting involved in the burgeoning long-distance phone business in the early 1980s. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, 3 Feb. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1869, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of burgeoning was in 1869

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“Burgeoning.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burgeoning. Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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