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flourish

[ flur-ish, fluhr- ]
/ ˈflɜr ɪʃ, ˈflʌr- /
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verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

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.

noun

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Origin of flourish

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English florisshen, from Middle French floriss-, long stem of florir, ultimately from Latin flōrēre “to bloom,” derivative of flōs flower
1. See succeed.
flour·ish·er, nounoutflourish, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for flourish

flourish
/ (ˈflʌrɪʃ) /

verb

noun

flourisher, noun
C13: from Old French florir, ultimately from Latin flōrēre to flower, from flōs a flower
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