flourish

  • 1 Flourish — Flour ish, n.; pl. {Flourishes}. 1. A flourishing condition; prosperity; vigor. [Archaic] [1913 Webster] The Roman monarchy, in her highest flourish, never had the like. Howell. [1913 Webster] 2. Decoration; ornament; beauty. [1913 Webster] The… …

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  • 2 Flourish — Flour ish, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Flourished}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Flourishing}.] [OE. florisshen, flurisshen, OF. flurir, F. fleurir, fr. L. florere to bloom, fr. flos, floris, flower. See {Flower}, and { ish}.] 1. To grow luxuriantly; to increase… …

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  • 3 flourish — (v.) c.1300, to blossom, grow, from O.Fr. floriss , stem of florir blossom, flower, bloom, flourish, from L. florere to bloom, blossom, flower, figuratively to flourish, be prosperous, from flos a flower (see FLORA (Cf. flora)). Metaphoric sense… …

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  • 4 flourish — [n] curlicue, decoration curl, embellishment, furbelow, garnish, ornamentation, plume, quirk, spiral, sweep, twist; concepts 259,284 flourish [v1] grow, prosper amplify, arrive, augment, batten, bear fruit, be on top of heap*, bloom, blossom,… …

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  • 5 Flourish — Flour ish, v. t. 1. To adorn with flowers orbeautiful figures, either natural or artificial; to ornament with anything showy; to embellish. [Obs.] Fenton. [1913 Webster] 2. To embellish with the flowers of diction; to adorn with rhetorical… …

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  • 6 flourish — flour‧ish [ˈflʌrɪʆ ǁ ˈflɜːr ] verb [intransitive] if a business or industry flourishes, it is very successful and makes a profit: • The economy is booming and many small businesses are flourishing. * * * flourish UK US /ˈflʌrɪʃ/ verb [I] ► to be… …

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  • 7 flourish — index brandish, display, flaunt, gain, germinate, increase, pretense (ostentation), proliferate …

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  • 8 flourish — vb 1 *succeed, prosper, thrive Analogous words: bloom, flower, *blossom, blow: increase, augment, multiply: *expand, amplify Antonyms: languish Contrasted words: *wither, shrivel: shrink, Contract: ebb, * …

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  • 9 flourish — ► VERB 1) grow or develop in a healthy or vigorous way. 2) be working or at the height of one s career during a specified period. 3) wave about dramatically. ► NOUN 1) a bold or extravagant gesture or action. 2) an ornamental flowing curve in… …

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  • 10 flourish — [flʉr′ish] vi. [ME florishen < extended stem of OFr florir, to blossom < LL * florire < L florere < flos, FLOWER] 1. Obs. to blossom 2. to grow vigorously; succeed; thrive; prosper 3. to be at the peak of development, activity,… …

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  • 11 flourish — 01. Business has [flourished] since we started advertising on the Internet. 02. Victoria is quickly becoming a [flourishing] center for bicycle tourism. 03. Our roses are really [flourishing] in this nice weather. 04. The actress threw her scarf… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 12 flourish — I UK [ˈflʌrɪʃ] / US [ˈflɜrɪʃ] verb Word forms flourish : present tense I/you/we/they flourish he/she/it flourishes present participle flourishing past tense flourished past participle flourished * 1) [intransitive] to grow well and be healthy… …

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  • 13 flourish — flour|ish1 [ˈflʌrıʃ US ˈflə:rıʃ] v [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: florir to produce flowers , from Latin flos flower ] 1.) to develop well and be successful = ↑thrive ▪ The economy is booming and small businesses are flourishing. 2.) [ …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 flourish — [[t]flʌ̱rɪʃ, AM flɜ͟ːr [/t]] flourishes, flourishing, flourished 1) VERB If something flourishes, it is successful, active, or common, and developing quickly and strongly. Business flourished and within six months they were earning 18,000 roubles …

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  • 15 flourish — flour|ish1 [ flɜrıʃ ] verb * 1. ) intransitive to grow well and be healthy: THRIVE: Most plants flourish in this rich soil. Wildlife seems to flourish in the area. 2. ) intransitive to be very successful: THRIVE: His new business is flourishing.… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 flourish — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ final ▪ dramatic, rhetorical, theatrical ▪ a speech full of rhetorical flourishes VERB + FLOURISH ▪ …

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  • 17 flourish — I. verb Etymology: Middle English florisshen, from Anglo French fluriss , stem of flurir, florir, from Vulgar Latin *florire, alteration of Latin florēre, from flor , flos flower Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. to grow luxuriantly ;… …

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  • 18 flourish — 1 verb 1 (I) to grow well and be very healthy; thrive: The plants flourished in the warm sun. 2 (I) to develop well and be successful: Russia s flourishing black market economy 3 (T) to wave something in your hand in order to make people notice… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 flourish — flourisher, n. /flerr ish, flur /, v.i. 1. to be in a vigorous state; thrive: a period in which art flourished. 2. to be in its or in one s prime; be at the height of fame, excellence, influence, etc. 3. to be successful; prosper. 4. to grow… …

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  • 20 flourish — [ˈflʌrɪʃ] verb I 1) [I] to grow well and be healthy Most plants flourish in this rich soil.[/ex] 2) [I] to be very successful Syn: thrive His new business is flourishing.[/ex] 3) [T] to wave something in the air so that people notice it She came… …

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