Definition of burgeon in English:

burgeon

Syllabification: bur·geon
Pronunciation: /ˈbərjən
 
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verb

[no object] (often as adjective burgeoning)
1Begin to grow or increase rapidly; flourish: manufacturers are keen to cash in on the burgeoning demand
More example sentences
  • China and India's appetites for oil are burgeoning, demanding more and more from the world's oil wells.
  • The Vietnam anti-war movement began to burgeon in 1965.
  • Meanwhile the number of sixty-five-and-older people will burgeon, it will grow almost 55 percent.
Synonyms
flourish, thrive, prosper, improve, develop;
expand, escalate, swell, grow, boom, mushroom, snowball, rocket
1.1Put forth young shoots; bud.
More example sentences
  • Burbank studied life at its fountain head - in the marvelous little buds and shoots and leaves that burgeon forth each spring to fill us anew with the awe for nature.
  • Overhead the light streamed down through a jigsaw canopy of burgeoning foliage.
  • A plant burgeons, flowers and dies; it does not come back to life, grow younger and regress to the original seed.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French bourgeonner 'put out buds', from borjon 'bud', based on late Latin burra 'wool'.

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