flour·​ish·​ing ˈflər-i-shiŋ How to pronounce flourishing (audio)
: marked by vigorous and healthy growth
a flourishing garden
: very active and successful
a flourishing career
flourishingly adverb
flourishingly vibrant begonias
Even a few years ago, scientists had studied only a handful of galactic specimens. But recently, galaxy collections have grown flourishingly. Ann Finkbeiner

Examples of flourishing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The inability to afford homes, the time and cost of commuting, and the shortage of school and elderly care places have put flourishing cities out of reach for many working people. Ian Goldin, Fortune, 20 Sep. 2023 Research in Palau has already identified other populations of coral that are heat-resistant and flourishing. Victoria Sayo Turner, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 July 2023 Between the early days of the artist-woodsman ornithologists and the death of Brasher a century and a half later, the science of ornithology spun off a vital and flourishing adjunct: birdwatching. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2023 Despite a vast and flourishing film industry that produces more than 1,600 films annually and a population of 1.4 billion, India has only 8,700 screens, compared to China, which boasts more than 80,000 screens for a similar population size. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 21 Apr. 2023 Right now nature in Dallas is budding, blooming and flourishing, so buyers can see exactly what homes have to offer during the city’s green season. Allie Beth Allman & Associates, Dallas News, 20 Apr. 2023 In the years since, Putin manipulated Georgia’s politics by proxy and diminished the country’s hopes for independence, for a flourishing civil society. Matthew Continetti, National Review, 29 Jan. 2022 In recent years, a backlash to digital and automated projection has created a flourishing niche market for old-fashioned film. Lane Brown, Vulture, 2 Mar. 2023 Waterhouse spoke candidly to The Times about their flourishing but private relationship. Alyssa Bailey, ELLE, 21 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History


Middle English florysschyng, from present participle of florisshen "to flourish entry 1"

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of flourishing was in the 14th century

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“Flourishing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flourishing. Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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