Burgeon definition

bûrjən
To grow or develop rapidly; expand; proliferate; flourish.

The burgeoning suburbs.

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The definition of burgeon means to grow or blossom.

An example of burgeon is a cherry tree flowering in springtime.

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To put forth buds, shoots, etc.; sprout.
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To grow or develop rapidly; expand or proliferate.
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To put forth new buds, leaves, or greenery; sprout.
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To begin to grow or blossom.
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(obsolete) Bud, sprout, shoot.
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(intransitive) To grow or expand.

Gradually, the town burgeoned into a thriving city.

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(intransitive) To swell to the point of bursting.
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(intransitive, archaic) Of plants, to bloom, bud.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
burgeon
Plural:
burgeons

Origin of burgeon

  • Middle English burgeonen from Old French borjoner from burjon a bud from Vulgar Latin burriō burriōn- from Late Latin burra a shaggy garment

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English burjon, burioun (“shoot, bud”), from Anglo-Norman burjun, burgeon, burgon (compare Old French burjon "a bud"), from Old Frankish *burjo (“sprout, offshoot, descendant”), from Proto-Germanic *burjô (“sprout, descendant, offshoot”), from Proto-Germanic *beraną (“to carry, bear”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰer-, *bʰrē- (“to bear”). Akin to Old High German burjan (“to push up, raise”), Old English byrian (“to come up, occur”), Old English byre (“child, son, descendant”). More at bear.

    From Wiktionary

  • Alternate etymology derives Old French burjon (“bud”) from Vulgar Latin *burrionem, accusative of *burrio, from Late Latin burra (“wool, fluff”) (presumably from the down covering certain buds).

    From Wiktionary