burgeon

[ bur-juhn ]

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Part of Speech

verb, noun

Origin + Etymology

Middle English

from Old French bourgeonner ‘put out buds’, from borjon ‘bud’, based on late Latin burra ‘wool’

Synonyms

verb

  • prosper
  • snowball
  • expand
  • increase
  • thrive

noun

  • sprout
  • blossom
  • bud
  • flower
  • mushroom

Antonyms

verb

  • decline
  • decrease
  • diminish
  • lessen
  • shrink

noun

  • die
  • shrivel
  • wither

Definition

verb

begin to grow or increase rapidly; flourish

noun

a bud

Examples

verb

A) After getting his MBA, Mike burgeoned into a very successful businessman. B) Once big tech companies moved to the area, the city burgeoned.

noun

A) Scott was delighted to see the burgeons on his rose bush. B) After a long drought season, Katherine prayed to see burgeons in her garden.

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