verb[no object] (often as adjective burgeoning)
- 1Begin to grow or increase rapidly; flourish: manufacturers are keen to cash in on the burgeoning demandMore 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.
- 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.
Middle English: from Old French bourgeonner 'put out buds', from borjon 'bud', based on late Latin burra 'wool'.