One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the grain is allowed to germinate’
sprout, put forth shoots, shoot, shoot up, bud, put forth buds, develop buds, form buds
develop, grow, spring up, swell
rare burgeon, vegetate, pullulate
2‘the idea of a songwriting partnership began to germinate in his mind’
develop, take root, grow, spring up, arise, emerge, evolve, mature, expand, enlarge, spread, advance, progress
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