Definitions for flourishˈflɜr ɪʃ, ˈflʌr-
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
flour•ish*ˈflɜr ɪʃ, ˈflʌr-(v.i.)
to be in a vigorous state; thrive.
to be at the height of development, activity, influence, or fame.
to be successful; prosper.
to grow luxuriantly or thrive in growth, as a plant.
to make sweeping gestures.
(v.t.)to brandish dramatically; gesticulate with.
(n.)an act or instance of brandishing.
an ostentatious or dramatic gesture or display.
a decoration or embellishment, esp. in writing:
He added a few flourishes to his signature.
a florid bit of language.
an elaborate musical passage.
Category: Music and Dance
a condition or period of thriving:
in full flourish.
* Syn: See succeed.
Origin of flourish:
1250–1300; ME florisshen < MF floriss-, long s. of florir蠐 L flōrēre
a showy gesture
"she entered with a great flourish"
an ornamental embellishment in writing
a display of ornamental speech or language
the act of waving
flourish, fanfare, tucket(verb)
(music) a short lively tune played on brass instruments
"he entered to a flourish of trumpets"; "her arrival was greeted with a rousing fanfare"
boom, thrive, flourish, expand(verb)
"The deer population in this town is thriving"; "business is booming"
thrive, prosper, fly high, flourish(verb)
make steady progress; be at the high point in one's career or reach a high point in historical significance or importance
"The new student is thriving"
brandish, flourish, wave(verb)
move or swing back and forth
"She waved her gun"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
flourish(verb)ˈflɜr ɪʃ, ˈflʌr-
to grow well
a plant that will flourish even in poor soil
flourishˈflɜr ɪʃ, ˈflʌr-
to do well or be successful
After three years, the company is flourishing.
A dramatic gesture such as the waving of a flag.
With many flourishes of the captured banner, they marched down the avenue.
His signature ended with a flourish.
A ceremonious passage such as a fanfare.
The trumpets blew a flourish as they entered the church.
A decorative embellishment on a building.
To thrive or grow well.
The barley flourished in the warm weather.
To prosper or fare well.
To be in a period of greatest influence.
His writing flourished before the war.
To make bold, sweeping movements with.
They flourished the banner as they stormed the palace.
Origin: From florisshen, flurisshen, and from floriss-, stem of some conjugated forms of florir, ( fleurir);, from florire, from floreo (with influence from flōrēscō), from flos. See flower + -ish.
to grow luxuriantly; to increase and enlarge, as a healthy growing plant; a thrive
to be prosperous; to increase in wealth, honor, comfort, happiness, or whatever is desirable; to thrive; to be prominent and influental; specifically, of authors, painters, etc., to be in a state of activity or production
to use florid language; to indulge in rhetorical figures and lofty expressions; to be flowery
to make bold and sweeping, fanciful, or wanton movements, by way of ornament, parade, bravado, etc.; to play with fantastic and irregular motion
to make ornamental strokes with the pen; to write graceful, decorative figures
to execute an irregular or fanciful strain of music, by way of ornament or prelude
to boast; to vaunt; to brag
to adorn with flowers orbeautiful figures, either natural or artificial; to ornament with anything showy; to embellish
to embellish with the flowers of diction; to adorn with rhetorical figures; to grace with ostentatious eloquence; to set off with a parade of words
to move in bold or irregular figures; to swing about in circles or vibrations by way of show or triumph; to brandish
to develop; to make thrive; to expand
a flourishing condition; prosperity; vigor
decoration; ornament; beauty
something made or performed in a fanciful, wanton, or vaunting manner, by way of ostentation, to excite admiration, etc.; ostentatious embellishment; ambitious copiousness or amplification; parade of words and figures; show; as, a flourish of rhetoric or of wit
a fanciful stroke of the pen or graver; a merely decorative figure
a fantastic or decorative musical passage; a strain of triumph or bravado, not forming part of a regular musical composition; a cal; a fanfare
the waving of a weapon or other thing; a brandishing; as, the flourish of a sword
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Rank popularity for the word 'flourish' in Verbs Frequency: #1087
Translations for flourish
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
an ornamental stroke of the pen in writing
His writing was full of flourishes.
- krulle; swierige swaaie, krullettersAfrikaans
- زَخْرَفَه أو تَزْويق بالخَطArabic
- floreadoPortuguese (BR)
- kudrlinka, ozdobný tah (písma)Czech
- der SchnörkelGerman
- snirkel; krølleDanish
- στολίδι, φιοριτούραGreek
- ریزه کاری های خوشنویسیFarsi
- कलम की एक अलंकारमय लिखावटHindi
- kićeno pisanjeCroatian
- cifrázat, kacskaringóHungarian
- hiasan dalam tulisanIndonesian
- sveiflur og flúrIcelandic
- (서명 등의) 장식체로 쓰기Korean
- užraitas, užsukimasLithuanian
- izpušķojums; izgreznojums (rakstā)Latvian
- hiasan dalam tulisanMalay
- krusedull, snirkel, svingNorwegian
- zakrętas, floresPolish
- ریزه کاری های خوشنویسیPersian
- kitnjast stilSerbian
- snirkel, slängSwedish
- 花體字Chinese (Trad.)
- розчерк, закрутокUkrainian
- آرائش سخنUrdu
- nét cong bay bướng trong chữ viếtVietnamese
- 花体字Chinese (Simp.)
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