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flourish

[flur-ish, fluhr-] /ˈflɜr ɪʃ, ˈflʌr-/
verb (used without object)
1.
to be in a vigorous state; thrive:
a period in which art flourished.
2.
to be in its or in one's prime; be at the height of fame, excellence, influence, etc.
3.
to be successful; prosper.
4.
to grow luxuriantly, or thrive in growth, as a plant.
5.
to make dramatic, sweeping gestures:
Flourish more when you act out the king's great death scene.
6.
to add embellishments and ornamental lines to writing, letters, etc.
7.
to sound a trumpet call or fanfare.
verb (used with object)
8.
to brandish dramatically; gesticulate with:
a conductor flourishing his baton for the crescendo.
9.
to decorate or embellish (writing, a page of script, etc.) with sweeping or fanciful curves or lines.
noun
10.
an act or instance of brandishing.
11.
an ostentatious display.
12.
a decoration or embellishment, especially in writing:
He added a few flourishes to his signature.
13.
Rhetoric. a parade of fine language; an expression used merely for effect.
14.
a trumpet call or fanfare.
15.
a condition or period of thriving:
in full flourish.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English florisshen < Middle French floriss-, long stem of florirLatin flōrēre to bloom, derivative of flōs flower
Related forms
flourisher, noun
outflourish, verb (used with object)
Synonyms
1. grow, increase. See succeed. 9. ornament. 12. ornament, adornment.
Antonyms
1. fade, decline.
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British Dictionary definitions for flourish

flourish

/ˈflʌrɪʃ/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to thrive; prosper
2.
(intransitive) to be at the peak of condition
3.
(intransitive) to be healthy: plants flourish in the light
4.
to wave or cause to wave in the air with sweeping strokes
5.
to display or make a display
6.
to play (a fanfare, etc) on a musical instrument
7.
(intransitive) to embellish writing, characters, etc, with ornamental strokes
8.
to add decorations or embellishments to (speech or writing)
9.
(intransitive) an obsolete word for blossom
noun
10.
the act of waving or brandishing
11.
a showy gesture: he entered with a flourish
12.
an ornamental embellishment in writing
13.
a display of ornamental language or speech
14.
a grandiose passage of music
15.
an ostentatious display or parade
16.
(obsolete)
  1. the state of flourishing
  2. the state of flowering
Derived Forms
flourisher, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French florir, ultimately from Latin flōrēre to flower, from flōs a flower
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Word Origin and History for flourish
v.

c.1300, "to blossom, grow," from Old French floriss-, stem of florir "blossom, flower, bloom, flourish," from Latin florere "to bloom, blossom, flower," figuratively "to flourish, be prosperous," from flos "a flower" (see flora).

Metaphoric sense of "thrive" is mid-14c. Meaning "to brandish (a weapon)" first attested late 14c. Related: Flourished; flourishing.

n.

c.1500, "a blossom," from flourish (v.). Meaning "ostentatious waving of a weapon" is from 1550s; that of "literary or rhetorical embellishment" is from c.1600.

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