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Friday, June 18

Burgeon

[BUR-jən]

Part of speech: verb

Origin: Old French, 14th century

1.

Begin to grow or increase rapidly; flourish.

Examples of Burgeon in a sentence

"The market for feminist literature has burgeoned over the last five years."

"Austin’s suburbs continue to burgeon because it’s so trendy."

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About Burgeon

This word stems from the Old French “bourgeonner,” meaning “put out buds.” And that is based in the late Latin “burra,” meaning “wool.”

Did you Know?

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, usage of the word “burgeon” died out around the 18th century with one exception — when talking about gardening. However, the word found a new literary audience in the poetry of the 19th century.

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