- to be in a vigorous state; thrive: a period in which art flourished.
- to be in its or in one's prime; be at the height of fame, excellence, influence, etc.
- to be successful; prosper.
- to grow luxuriantly, or thrive in growth, as a plant.
- to make dramatic, sweeping gestures: Flourish more when you act out the king's great death scene.
- to add embellishments and ornamental lines to writing, letters, etc.
- to sound a trumpet call or fanfare.
- to brandish dramatically; gesticulate with: a conductor flourishing his baton for the crescendo.
- to decorate or embellish (writing, a page of script, etc.) with sweeping or fanciful curves or lines.
- an act or instance of brandishing.
- an ostentatious display.
- a decoration or embellishment, especially in writing: He added a few flourishes to his signature.
- Rhetoric. a parade of fine language; an expression used merely for effect.
- a trumpet call or fanfare.
- a condition or period of thriving: in full flourish.
Origin of flourish
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Examples from the Web for flourished
Before ISIS militants surrounded the Syrian city, it had flourished as a place of tolerance and free speech.Remembering Kobani Before The Siege
Mustafa Abdi, Movements.Org, Advancing Human Rights
November 8, 2014
As the Arabian Peninsula flourished, the area became the center of cultural development.When Saudi Arabia Ruled the World
October 31, 2014
In Mauritania, Chinguetti once flourished with scholars, pilgrims, and religious leaders.The Lost Libraries of the Sahara
September 11, 2014
Only one of them, Mormonism, has taken root and flourished as a true religion sprung from our own native ground.The Tea Party Isn’t a Political Movement, It’s a Religious One
July 13, 2014
That turned out to be the right decision, because my act really grew and flourished most after my writing job at SNL.My Rocky Time As A Woman Writer on ‘SNL’
April 6, 2014
Giles was their “ancient” and had charge of the banner, nor could it be doubted that he had flourished.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
These trees are reputed to have flourished for much more than a thousand years.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
An extinct pachyderm that flourished when the Pterodactyl was in fashion.The Devil's Dictionary
The weeds that had flourished along the sides of the ditches were all dead.The Widow O'Callaghan's Boys
But the habit of the stick was too powerful; and he flourished it again.The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete
Duc de Saint-Simon
- (intr) to thrive; prosper
- (intr) to be at the peak of condition
- (intr) to be healthyplants flourish in the light
- to wave or cause to wave in the air with sweeping strokes
- to display or make a display
- to play (a fanfare, etc) on a musical instrument
- (intr) to embellish writing, characters, etc, with ornamental strokes
- to add decorations or embellishments to (speech or writing)
- (intr) an obsolete word for blossom
- the act of waving or brandishing
- a showy gesturehe entered with a flourish
- an ornamental embellishment in writing
- a display of ornamental language or speech
- a grandiose passage of music
- an ostentatious display or parade
- the state of flourishing
- the state of flowering
Word Origin and History for flourished
c.1500, "a blossom," from flourish (v.). Meaning "ostentatious waving of a weapon" is from 1550s; that of "literary or rhetorical embellishment" is from c.1600.
c.1300, "to blossom, grow," from Old French floriss-, stem of florir "blossom, flower, bloom, flourish," from Latin florere "to bloom, blossom, flower," figuratively "to flourish, be prosperous," from flos "a flower" (see flora).
Metaphoric sense of "thrive" is mid-14c. Meaning "to brandish (a weapon)" first attested late 14c. Related: Flourished; flourishing.