flourish Definition

  • 1to grow or develop in a healthy or vigorous way, especially as the result of a particularly favorable environment
  • 2to wave something in the air in order to attract attention or show off
  • 3to be successful and make a lot of money or progress

Using flourish: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "flourish" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The plants are flourishing in the warm sunshine.

  • Example

    She flourished her sword in the air.

  • Example

    The business is flourishing under new management.

  • Example

    The arts are flourishing in the city.

flourish Synonyms and Antonyms

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Phrases with flourish

  • flourish of trumpets

    a loud, showy sound made by trumpets, often used to announce someone's arrival or departure


    The king's entrance was announced with a flourish of trumpets.

  • in a showy or dramatic manner


    He signed his name with a flourish.

  • to achieve great success and prosperity in one's life


    She has flourished in life despite facing many challenges.

Origins of flourish

from Old French 'fluriss-', stem of 'florir', from Latin 'florere', from 'flos', meaning 'flower'


Summary: flourish in Brief

The verb 'flourish' [ˈflʌrɪʃ] refers to growing or developing healthily, waving something to show off, or being successful. It can describe plants, businesses, or the arts, as in 'The plants are flourishing in the warm sunshine.' 'Flourish' can also be used in phrases like 'with a flourish,' indicating a showy or dramatic manner, and 'flourish in life,' meaning to achieve great success and prosperity.

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