burgeon

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈbɜːrən/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈbɝdʒən/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(bûrjən)


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
bur•geon /ˈbɜrdʒən/USA pronunciation   v. [no object]
  1. to grow or develop quickly;
    flourish: The town was burgeoning into a city.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
bur•geon  (bûrjən),USA pronunciation v.i. 
  1. to grow or develop quickly;
    flourish:The town burgeoned into a city. He burgeoned into a fine actor.
  2. to begin to grow, as a bud;
    put forth buds, shoots, etc., as a plant (often fol. by out, forth).

v.t. 
  1. to put forth, as buds.

n. 
  1. a bud;
    sprout.
Also,  bourgeon. 
  • Anglo-French, Old French, derivative of the noun, nominal
  • Vulgar Latin *burriōne(m), accusative of *burriō, derivative of Late Latin burra wool, fluff (compare bourrée, bureau), presumably from the down covering certain buds; (verb, verbal) Middle English burg(e)onen, borgen
  • Anglo-French burjun, burg(e)on; Old French burjon
  • 1275–1325; (noun, nominal) Middle English burjon, burion; shoot, bud
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged bloom, blossom, mushroom, expand.
    The two senses of burgeon, "to bud'' (The maples are burgeoning) and "to grow or flourish'' (The suburbs around the city have been burgeoning under the impact of commercial growth), date from the 14th century. Today the sense "to grow or flourish'' is the more common. Occasionally, objections are raised to the use of this sense, perhaps because of its popularity in journalistic writing.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
burgeon, bourgeon /ˈbɜːdʒən/ vb
  1. often followed by forth or out: (of a plant) to sprout (buds)
  2. (intr; often followed by forth or out) to develop or grow rapidly; flourish
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French burjon, perhaps ultimately from Late Latin burra shaggy cloth; from the downiness of certain buds
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