Flourish meaning

flûrĭsh, flŭr-
Flourish is defined as to grow well, to succeed, to make big wave-like movements.

An example of flourish is when a sunflower grows six feet tall in a garden.

An example of flourish is to learn quickly and easily at a new school.

An example of flourish is to wave the flag during a parade.

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To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive.

The crops flourished in the rich soil.

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A dramatic or stylish movement, as of waving or brandishing.
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The definition of a flourish is a waving movement, or an extra decoration.

An example of a flourish is sweeping your arms as you dance across a stage.

A large loop on your signature is an example of a flourish.

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To do or fare well; prosper.
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An ostentatious act or gesture.

A flourish of generosity.

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To make bold, sweeping movements.

The banner flourished in the wind.

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To wield, wave, or exhibit dramatically.
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To grow vigorously; succeed; thrive; prosper.
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Anything done in a showy way, as a sweeping movement of the limbs or body.
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(intransitive) To use florid language; to indulge in rhetorical figures and lofty expressions.
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To be in a period of highest productivity, excellence, or influence.

A poet who flourished in the tenth century.

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An embellishment or ornamentation.

A signature with a distinctive flourish.

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To be at the peak of development, activity, influence, production, etc.; be in one's prime.
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(rare) A thriving state; success; prosperity.
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(intransitive) To thrive or grow well.

The barley flourished in the warm weather.

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(intransitive) To prosper or fare well.

The town flourished with the coming of the railway.

The cooperation flourished as the customers rushed in the business.

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(intransitive) To make ornamental strokes with the pen; to write graceful, decorative figures.
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To adorn with beautiful figures or rhetoric; to ornament with anything showy; to embellish.

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(intransitive) To execute an irregular or fanciful strain of music, by way of ornament or prelude.
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A dramatic gesture such as the waving of a flag.

With many flourishes of the captured banner, they marched down the avenue.

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(music) A ceremonious passage such as a fanfare.

The trumpets blew a flourish as they entered the church.

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(music) A showy or ceremonious passage, such as a fanfare.
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To make showy, wavy motions, as of the arms.
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To ornament with something flowery or fanciful.
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To wave (a sword, arm, hat, etc.) in the air; brandish.
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A waving in the air; brandishing.
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A decorative or curved line or lines in handwriting.
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An ornate musical passage; fanfare.
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(obs.) A blooming or a bloom.
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(intransitive) To be in a period of greatest influence.

His writing flourished before the war.

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To develop; to make thrive; to expand.
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(intransitive) To make bold and sweeping, fanciful, or wanton movements, by way of ornament, parade, bravado, etc.; to play with fantastic and irregular motion.
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(architecture) A decorative embellishment on a building.
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(obs.) To blossom.
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To make bold, sweeping movements with.

They flourished the banner as they stormed the palace.

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His signature ended with a flourish.

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Origin of flourish

  • Middle English florishen from Old French florir floriss- from Vulgar Latin flōrīre from Latin flōrēre to bloom from flōs flōr- flower bhel-3 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English florisshen, flurisshen, from Old French floriss-, stem of some conjugated forms of florir, (French fleurir), from Vulgar Latin florire, from Latin flōreō (“I bloom”), from flōs (“flower”). See flower + -ish.

    From Wiktionary