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American English: /blum/
British English: /bluːm/

Translation of bloom in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 countable (flower)
    Example sentences
    • Now that it has begun flowering, the blooms are dropping as soon as they open.
    • Though summer may boast more blooms, the flower bulbs of spring hold a special place in our affections.
    • ‘Much of the drama and beauty of exotic blooms is in their unusual, long stems,’ she notes.
    1.2 uncountable (time of flowering) to be in bloom
    estar en flor
    to be in full bloom
    estar en plena floración
    to come into bloom in the full bloom of youth [literary]
    en plena juventud
    en la flor de la vida or de la edad
    Example sentences
    • The couple will also have the opportunity to meet with Chinese leaders who played a role in restoring bilateral ties and view flowering cherry trees in bloom in Beijing.
    • There were some flowering plants in bloom to be had but most of them were sad things, showing signs of weather damage.
    • Trees were not in bloom in early to mid-February and were in full bloom by early to mid-March.
  • 2 uncountable (on fruits, leaves) to lose one's bloom
    two years later, their relationship had lost its bloom
    dos años más tarde, su relación había perdido el encanto
    to take the bloom off something
    empañar algo
    that took the bloom off the celebrations
    eso empañó los festejos
    Example sentences
    • This waxy layer forms the grape's typically whitish surface, called the bloom.
    • Similarly, recent research by colleagues at Cornell has shown that berries are highly susceptible from bloom until shortly after fruit set, but become much more resistant afterwards.
    • Paraffin wax is purposely added to a mixture to create a surface bloom which acts as a barrier to sun-checking and oxidation.

intransitive verb

  • (plant/tree/garden)
    it was remarkable how she had bloomed in six short months/with her pregnancy
    era notable cómo se había desarrollado en apenas seis meses/lo bien que le sentaba el embarazo
    Example sentences
    • Clematis viticella ‘Etoile Violette’ is still blooming, the first flowers opened in July.
    • Nong Nooch Gardens recently announced that the flower was blooming only after 5 five years and opened the gardens for a special viewing by residents.
    • You can't force a flower to bloom by ripping the petals open.

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