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Verb: flourish  flur-ish [N. Amer], flú-rish [Brit]
  1. Grow vigorously
    "business is flourishing";
    - boom, thrive, expand
  2. 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 flourishing";
    - thrive, prosper, fly high, bloom, flower
  3. Move or swing back and forth
    "She flourished her gun";
    - brandish, wave
Noun: flourish  flur-ish [N. Amer], flú-rish [Brit]
  1. A showy gesture
    "she entered with a great flourish"
  2. An ornamental embellishment in writing
  3. A display of ornamental speech or language
  4. The act of waving
    - brandish
  5. (music) a short lively tune played on brass instruments
    "he entered to a flourish of trumpets";
    - fanfare, tucket

Derived forms: flourished, flourishing, flourishes

Type of: air, change state, displace, embellishment, gesture, grandiloquence, grandiosity, grow, line, magniloquence, melodic line, melodic phrase, melody, motion, move, ornateness, rhetoric, strain, tune, turn, wafture, wave, waving

Encyclopedia: Flourish