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.
- flour·ish·er, noun
- outflourish, verb (used with object)
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How to use flourish in a sentence
With an easy swing, cheery bonhomie, and understated brass and string flourishes, this could just about pass as some long lost Sinatra demo.This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through November 14) | Singularity Hub Staff | November 14, 2020 | Singularity Hub
Mere symbolic gestures and rhetorical flourishes fall short of what is needed to support and sustain the work of people who risk their lives every day.Veterans Day is a time to consider how to reward front-line covid-19 workers | James Grossman, Laura McEnaney | November 11, 2020 | Washington Post
The most exuberant flourish about the show might have been the exclamation mark in the title.Alex Trebek, quintessential quizmaster as ‘Jeopardy!’ host for three decades, dies at 80 | Emily Langer | November 8, 2020 | Washington Post
Before ISIS militants surrounded the Syrian city, it had flourished as a place of tolerance and free speech.
As the Arabian Peninsula flourished, the area became the center of cultural development.
The place where jazz and barbeque and mob bosses and the blues flourished.
In Mauritania, Chinguetti once flourished with scholars, pilgrims, and religious leaders.
Atlanta soon flourished, becoming the resurgent urban center of an otherwise impoverished South.Atlanta’s Fall Foretold The End Of Civil War Bloodshed | Marc Wortman | September 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I prayed for her before the temple, and unto the very end I will seek after her, and she flourished as a grape soon ripe.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
Aristide was young, he loved flirtation, and flirtation flourished in the Avenue des Plantanes.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
He flourished in one hand his red mask and in the other a pompon which he had extracted from his pocket.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
It is now about three centuries since there flourished at Cremona its first great violin maker.Violins and Violin Makers | Joseph Pearce
After Andrew, as great makers, come his two sons Antonius and Hieronymus, who flourished from 1550 to 1634.Violins and Violin Makers | Joseph Pearce
British Dictionary definitions for flourish
(intr) to thrive; prosper
(intr) to be at the peak of condition
(intr) to be healthy: plants 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 gesture: he 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
- flourisher, noun
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