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From the verb bud: (⇒ conjugate)
budding is: Click the infinitive to see all available inflections
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
bud•ding /ˈbʌdɪŋ/USA pronunciation  adj. [before a noun]
  • in an early stage of development:a budding artist.

  • WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
    bud1 /bʌd/USA pronunciation   n., v.,  bud•ded, bud•ding. 
    1. Botany any of the small parts on the end of a plant stem, from which leaves or flowers develop:[countable]The plants were showing a few buds by late April.
    2. a state of putting forth buds:[uncountable]roses in bud.

    v. [no object]
    1. Botanyto produce buds:The plants began to bud in early April.
    2. to begin to develop:His genius began to bud at an early age.
    1. Idiomsin the bud, not developed but showing promise: a playwright in the bud.
    2. Idiomsnip in the bud, [nip + object + in the + ~] to stop (something) in the earliest stages: to nip a mutiny in the bud.

    bud2 /bʌd/USA pronunciation   n. (used as a term of address to a man or boy)
    1. buddy;
      friend:"Hey bud, can you help me out, please,'' he called.

    WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
    bud1  (bud),USA pronunciation n., v.,  bud•ded, bud•ding. 
    1. Botany
      • a small axillary or terminal protuberance on a plant, containing rudimentary foliage(leaf bud), the rudimentary inflorescence(flower bud), or both (mixed bud). 
      • an undeveloped or rudimentary stem or branch of a plant.
    2. Zoology(in certain animals of low organization) a prominence that develops into a new individual, sometimes permanently attached to the parent and sometimes becoming detached;
    3. Fungi[Mycol.]a small, rounded outgrowth produced from a fungus spore or cell by a process of asexual reproduction, eventually separating from the parent cell as a new individual: commonly produced by yeast and a few other fungi.
    4. Anatomyany small rounded part.
    5. an immature or undeveloped person or thing.
    6. Idiomsin the bud, in an immature or undeveloped state:a Shakespeare in the bud.Also,  in bud. 
    7. Idiomsnip in the bud, to stop (something) in the beginning of its development:The rebellion was nipped in the bud.

    1. Botanyto put forth or produce buds.
    2. to begin to develop.
    3. to be in an early stage of development.

    1. Botanyto cause to bud.
    2. Botany[Hort.]to graft by inserting a single bud into the stock.
    budder, n. 
    budless, adj. 
    budlike′, adj. 
    • 1350–1400; Middle English budde bud, spray, pod; akin to German Hagebutte hip, Old Norse budda purse, dialect, dialectal Swedish bodd head, Dutch buidel bag, purse, Middle Low German buddich swollen

    bud2  (bud),USA pronunciation n. 
    1. brother;
      buddy (used in informal address, as to one's brother or to a man or boy whose name is not known to the speaker).
    • back formation from buddy 1850–55, American.

    Bud  (bud),USA pronunciation n. 
    1. a male given name.
    Also,  Budd. 
    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
    bud /bʌd/ n
    1. a swelling on a plant stem consisting of overlapping immature leaves or petals
    2. a partially opened flower
    3. (in combination): rosebud
    4. any small budlike outgrowth: taste buds
    5. something small or immature
    6. an asexually produced outgrowth in simple organisms, such as yeasts, and the hydra that develops into a new individual
    7. nip in the budto put an end to (an idea, movement, etc) in its initial stages
    vb (buds, budding, budded)
    1. (intransitive) (of plants and some animals) to produce buds
    2. (intransitive) to begin to develop or grow
    3. (transitive) to graft (a bud) from one plant onto another, usually by insertion under the bark
    Etymology: 14th Century budde, of Germanic origin; compare Icelandic budda purse, Dutch buidel
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