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blossom

[blos-uh m] /ˈblɒs əm/
noun, Botany
1.
the flower of a plant, especially of one producing an edible fruit.
2.
the state of flowering:
The apple tree is in blossom.
verb (used without object)
3.
Botany. to produce or yield blossoms.
4.
to flourish; develop (often followed by into or out):
a writer of commercial jingles who blossomed out into an important composer.
5.
(of a parachute) to open.
Origin
900
before 900; (noun) Middle English blosme, blossem, Old English blōstm(a), blōsma flower; cognate with Middle Dutch bloesem, Middle Low German blosem, blossem; (v.) Middle English blosmen, Old English blōstmian, derivative of the noun See bloom1, blow3
Related forms
blossomless, adjective
blossomy, adjective
outblossom, verb (used with object)
reblossom, verb (used without object)
unblossomed, adjective
unblossoming, adjective
Synonyms
4. thrive, bloom, burgeon, sprout.
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  • What started as a small model has blossomed into a high-fidelity education kit.
  • Its legal system was as best as could be hoped for, its population had blossomed and education was widespread.
  • During that time, solar technology blossomed elsewhere.
  • Since all programs are tied to conservation efforts, the national park has blossomed along with the economy.
  • Weeks or months later, when the plants blossomed, people harvested the food crops.
  • As the market blossomed, so did the agencies' profits.
  • Relative measures of performance blossomed in the early years of this decade.
  • Telemedicine has blossomed only in niche markets where these problems do not apply.
  • Naturally, they soon created a race, and the sport blossomed.
British Dictionary definitions for blossomed

blossom

/ˈblɒsəm/
noun
1.
the flower or flowers of a plant, esp conspicuous flowers producing edible fruit
2.
the time or period of flowering (esp in the phrases in blossom, in full blossom)
verb (intransitive)
3.
(of plants) to come into flower
4.
to develop or come to a promising stage: youth had blossomed into maturity
Derived Forms
blossoming, noun, adjective
blossomless, adjective
blossomy, adjective
Word Origin
Old English blōstm; related to Middle Low German blōsem, Latin flōs flower
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Word Origin and History for blossomed

blossom

n.

c.1200, from Old English blostm, blostma "blossom, flower, fruit," from Proto-Germanic *blo-s- (cf. Middle Low German blosom, Dutch bloesem, German Blust), from PIE *bhlow-, extended form of *bhel- (3) "to thrive, bloom," possibly identical with *bhel- (2) "to blow, inflate, swell" (see bole). This is the native word, now largely superseded by bloom and flower.

v.

late 14c., from Old English blostmian, from blostma "blossom, flower" (see blossom (n.)). Figurative use from late 14c. Related: Blossomed; blossoming.

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