"germinate" in the verb sense
1. shoot, spud, germinate, pullulate, bourgeon, burgeon forth, sprout
produce buds, branches, or germinate
"the potatoes sprouted"
2. evolve, germinate, develop
"We have developed a new theory of evolution"
cause to grow or sprout
"the plentiful rain germinated my plants"
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