Etymology
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budding (adj.)

1560s, "sprouting, putting forth or producing buds," present-participle adjective from bud (v.). Figurative sense of "being in an early stage of growth" is from 1580s.

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Definitions of budding
1
budding (n.)
reproduction of some unicellular organisms (such as yeasts) by growth and specialization followed by the separation by constriction of a part of the parent;
2
budding (adj.)
beginning to develop;
a budding genius
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