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flourish

[ flur-ish, fluhr- ]
/ ˈflɜr ɪʃ, ˈflʌr- /
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Definition of flourish

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

synonym study for flourish

1. See succeed.

OTHER WORDS FROM flourish

flour·ish·er, nounoutflourish, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for flourish

flourish
/ (ˈflʌrɪʃ) /

verb
noun

Derived forms of flourish

flourisher, noun

Word Origin for flourish

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