ef·​flo·​resce | \ ˌe-flə-ˈres How to pronounce effloresce (audio) \
effloresced; efflorescing

Definition of effloresce

intransitive verb

1 : to burst forth : bloom
2a : to change to a powder from loss of water of crystallization
b : to form or become covered with a powdery crust bricks may effloresce owing to the deposition of soluble salts

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Synonyms for effloresce


bloom, blossom, blow, burgeon (also bourgeon), flower, unfold

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Examples of effloresce in a Sentence

created an artificial environment in which plants grew and effloresced regardless of season

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Republican nominee Marc Molinaro would no doubt want to mention the corruption that has effloresced on Mr. Cuomo’s watch, the lousy upstate economy, and the decline of New York City’s subways. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "No Debate in New York State," 21 Oct. 2018 Cherry blossoms effloresced on collars and scarves. Isaac Oliver, New York Times, "Going (Nearly) Bare for a Good Cause," 5 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of effloresce

1775, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for effloresce

Latin efflorescere, from ex- + florescere to begin to blossom — more at florescence

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intransitive verb
ef·​flo·​resce | \ ˌef-lə-ˈres How to pronounce effloresce (audio) \
effloresced; efflorescing

Medical Definition of effloresce

: to change to a powder from loss of water of crystallization

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