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flourish

verb flour·ish \ ˈflər-ish , ˈflə-rish \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of flourish

intransitive verb
1 :to grow luxuriantly :thrive
2 a :to achieve success :prosper
  • a flourishing business
b :to be in a state of activity or production
  • flourished around 1850
c :to reach a height of development or influence
  • The company flourished with record profits under the new owner.
3 :to make bold and sweeping gestures
transitive verb
:to wield with dramatic gestures :brandish
  • Dressed as a pirate, he entered the stage flourishing his sword.

flourisher

noun

Examples of flourish in a Sentence

  1. plants and animals that flourished here thousands of years ago

  2. Regional markets have flourished in recent years.

  3. a decorative style that flourished in the 1920s

  4. Dressed as a pirate, he entered the stage flourishing his sword.

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Origin and Etymology of flourish

Middle English florisshen, from Anglo-French fluriss-, stem of flurir, florir, from Vulgar Latin *florire, alteration of Latin florēre, from flor-, flos flower

flourish Synonyms

Synonym Discussion of flourish

swing, wave, flourish, brandish, thrash mean to wield or cause to move to and fro or up and down. swing implies regular or uniform movement.
    • swing the rope back and forth
wave usually implies smooth or continuous motion.
    • waving the flag
flourish suggests vigorous, ostentatious, graceful movement.
    • flourished the winning lottery ticket
brandish implies threatening or menacing motion.
    • brandishing a knife
thrash suggests vigorous, abrupt, violent movement.
    • an infant thrashing his arms about

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flourish

noun

Definition of flourish

1 :an act or instance of brandishing or waving
2 a :a florid bit of speech or writing
  • rhetorical flourishes
b :an ornamental stroke in writing or printing
c :a decorative or finishing detail
  • a house with clever little flourishes
3 :fanfare
4 a :a period of thriving
b :a luxuriant growth or profusion
  • a flourish of white hair
  • a springtime flourish of color
5 :showiness in the doing of something
  • opened the door with a flourish
6 :a sudden burst
  • a flourish of activity

Examples of flourish in a Sentence

  1. the floral flourishes in the living room

  2. a house with many clever little flourishes

  3. Her writing style is simple and clear, without unnecessary flourishes.

  4. Dinner was served with a flourish.

  5. He waved his sword with a flourish.

  6. She opened the door with a flourish.

  7. With a flourish of her pen, she signed the bill into law.

Recent Examples of flourish from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of flourish


FLOURISH Defined for English Language Learners

flourish

verb

Definition of flourish for English Language Learners

  • : to grow well : to be healthy

  • : to be very successful : to do very well

  • : to hold up and show (something) in an excited or proud way


flourish

noun

Definition of flourish for English Language Learners

  • : something that is added as a detail or decoration

  • : a dramatic or fancy way of doing something

  • : a sudden smooth movement that is likely to be noticed


FLOURISH Defined for Kids

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flourish

verb flour·ish \ ˈflər-ish \

Definition of flourish for Students

flourished; flourishing
1 :to grow well :thrive
  • Plants flourish in this rich soil.
2 :to do well :enjoy success
  • This style of art flourished in the 1920s.
3 :to make sweeping movements with
  • He flourished a sword.

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flourish

noun

Definition of flourish for Students

1 :a fancy bit of decoration added to something
  • He added a flourish to his signature.
2 :a sweeping motion
  • She removed her hat with a flourish.


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