Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To put forth new buds, leaves, or greenery; sprout.
  • intransitive verb To begin to grow or blossom.
  • intransitive verb To grow or develop rapidly; expand or proliferate.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A bud; a sprout.
  • noun A boss used for the cover of a book, to prevent injury to the binding. Often written burgen.
  • To bud; sprout; put forth new buds; shoot forth, as a branch.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To bud. See bourgeon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun obsolete bud, sprout, shoot
  • verb intransitive To grow or expand.
  • verb intransitive To swell to the point of bursting.
  • verb intransitive, archaic Of plants, to bloom, bud.

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  • verb grow and flourish

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English burgeonen, from Old French borjoner, from burjon, a bud, from Vulgar Latin *burriō, burriōn-, from Late Latin burra, a shaggy garment.]

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From Middle English burjon, burioun "shoot, bud" from Anglo-Norman burjun, burgeon, burgon (compare Old French burjon "a bud"), from Frankish *burjo (“sprout, offshoot, descendant”), from Proto-Germanic *burjô (“sprout, descendant, offshoot”), from Proto-Germanic *beranan (“to carry, bear”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰer-, *bʰrē- (“to bear”). Akin to Old High German burjan ("to push up, raise"), Old English byrian ("to come up, occur"), Old English byre ("child, son, descendant"). More at bear.

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From Middle English, from Old French borjoner, burjoner ("to bud, to sprout"), from burjon ("a bud"), of uncertain origin, perhaps from Germanic.

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  • Dictionary.com, The market for collectibles has burgeoned in recent years.

    November 5, 2010

  • Talk like that is the rain that should make buried love for one's country burgeon.

    Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Devil on the Cross

    December 14, 2011

  • verb: grow and flourish

    China's housing market is burgeoning, but some predict that the growth is merely a bubble and will burst much like the U.S. real estate bubble of 2008.

    October 19, 2016