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1bud/ˈbʌd/noun
pluralbuds
1bud
/ˈbʌd/
noun
pluralbuds
Learner's definition of BUD  
[count]
: a small part that grows on a plant and develops into a flower, leaf, or new branch
◊ If a plant is in bud it is beginning to grow buds.
— see color picture on this page
US, informal  : 1buddy

nip (something) in the bud

— see 1nip
— see also cotton bud, taste bud
2bud/ˈbʌd/verb
budsbuddedbudding
2bud
/ˈbʌd/
verb
budsbuddedbudding
Learner's definition of BUD  
[no object]
: to produce buds
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