also bourgeon intransitive verb Etymology: Middle English burjonen, from Anglo-French burjuner, from burjun bud, from Vulgar Latin *burrion-, burrio, from Late Latin burra fluff, shaggy cloth Date: 14th century 1. a. to send forth new growth (as buds or branches) ; sprout b. bloom 2. to grow and expand rapidly ; flourish

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  • Burgeon — Bur geon, v. i. To bud. See {Bourgeon}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • burgeon — index compound, expand, germinate, increase, proliferate, pullulate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • burgeon — UK US /ˈbɜːdʒən/ verb [I] ► to develop or grow quickly: »Product placement has burgeoned to the extent that corporate logos are now found in most mainstream films …   Financial and business terms

  • burgeon — early 14c., from O.Fr. borjoner to bud, sprout, from borjon a bud, shoot, pimple, of uncertain origin, perhaps from Germanic. Related: Burgeoned; burgeoning …   Etymology dictionary

  • burgeon — ► VERB ▪ grow or increase rapidly. ORIGIN Old French bourgeonner put out buds , from Latin burra wool …   English terms dictionary

  • burgeon — [bʉr′jən] vi. [ME burjounen < OFr burjoner < burjon, a bud < VL * burrio, a bud < LL burra, wool, shaggy garment] 1. to put forth buds, shoots, etc.; sprout 2. to grow or develop rapidly; expand; proliferate; flourish [the burgeoning… …   English World dictionary

  • burgeon — [[t]bɜ͟ː(r)ʤ(ə)n[/t]] burgeons, burgeoning, burgeoned VERB If something burgeons, it grows or develops rapidly. [LITERARY] Plants burgeon from every available space... My confidence began to burgeon later in life. [V ing] ...Japan s burgeoning… …   English dictionary

  • burgeon — UK [ˈbɜː(r)dʒ(ə)n] / US [ˈbɜrdʒən] verb [intransitive] Word forms burgeon : present tense I/you/we/they burgeon he/she/it burgeons present participle burgeoning past tense burgeoned past participle burgeoned literary to grow or develop quickly …   English dictionary

  • burgeon — /ˈbɜdʒən / (say berjuhn) verb (i) 1. Also, burgeon out, burgeon forth. to begin to grow, as a bud; to put forth buds, shoots, as a plant. 2. to grow rapidly: the population of the town burgeoned. –verb (t) 3. to put forth as buds. –noun 4. a bud; …   Australian English dictionary

  • burgeon — /berr jeuhn/, 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. 3. to put forth,… …   Universalium

  • burgeon — bur|geon [ˈbə:dʒən US ˈbə:r ] v [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: burgeon [i] bud (13 19 centuries), from Old French burjon, from Vulgar Latin burrio, from Latin burra; BUREAU] formal to grow or develop quickly ▪ the burgeoning market for digital cameras …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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