-) KEY VERB: flour·ished
, flour·ish·es VERB: intr.
- To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive: The crops flourished in the rich soil.
- To do or fare well; prosper: "No village on the railroad failed to flourish" (John Kenneth Galbraith).
- To be in a period of highest productivity, excellence, or influence: a poet who flourished in the tenth century.
- To make bold, sweeping movements: The banner flourished in the wind.
- To wield, wave, or exhibit dramatically.
- 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).
- An embellishment or ornamentation: a signature with a distinctive flourish.
- An ostentatious act or gesture: a flourish of generosity.
- Music A showy or ceremonious passage, such as a fanfare.
Middle English florishen
, from Old French florir, floriss-
, from Vulgar Latin *flrre
, from Latin flrre
, to bloom
, from fls, flr-
; see bhel-3
in Indo-European rootsOTHER 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.