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flour·ish  audio  (flûrsh, flr-) KEY 

VERB:
flour·ished, flour·ish·ing, flour·ish·es
VERB:
intr.
  1. To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive: The crops flourished in the rich soil.
  2. To do or fare well; prosper: "No village on the railroad failed to flourish" (John Kenneth Galbraith).
  3. To be in a period of highest productivity, excellence, or influence: a poet who flourished in the tenth century.
  4. To make bold, sweeping movements: The banner flourished in the wind.
VERB:
tr.
To wield, wave, or exhibit dramatically.
NOUN:
  1. A dramatic or stylish movement, as of waving or brandishing: "A few ... musicians embellish their performance with a flourish of the fingers" (Frederick D. Bennett).
  2. An embellishment or ornamentation: a signature with a distinctive flourish.
  3. An ostentatious act or gesture: a flourish of generosity.
  4. Music A showy or ceremonious passage, such as a fanfare.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English florishen, from Old French florir, floriss-, from Vulgar Latin *flrre, from Latin flrre, to bloom, from fls, flr-, flower; see bhel-3 in Indo-European roots

OTHER FORMS:
flourish·er(Noun)

SYNONYMS:
flourish, brandish, wave

These verbs mean to swing back and forth boldly and dramatically: flourished her newly signed contract; brandish a sword; waving a baton.


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