blossom [ blos-uhm ]
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.
out·blos·som, verb (used with object)
re·blos·som, verb (used without object)
bloom, unfold, burgeon, prosper, develop, succeed, mature, grow, thrive, efflorescence, spike, floret, posy, bud, floweret, inflorescence, shoot, blow, effloresce, leaf
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4. thrive, bloom, burgeon, sprout.
Origin: 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 bloom, blow
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