flourish

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(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. t. wave, wield, flaunt, brandish. See agitation. —v. i. grow, prosper, thrive. See prosperity. —n. fanfare; ornament. See music, ostentation.
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(Roget's IV) n.
Syn. embellishment, fanfare, wave; see decoration 2 , ostentation 1 , 2 .
v.
1. [To wave triumphantly]
Syn. brandish, twirl, shake, flaunt, gesture, wave, swing, wield.
2. [To prosper]
Syn. thrive, increase, wax; see grow 1 , prosper .
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(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus)
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n.
1. decoration embellishment, ornamentation, garnish, adornment, frill, curlicue.
2. brandishing wave, show, flaunting, exhibition, display.
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v.
grow, thrive, prosper, blossom, flower, fatten, boom, burgeon, increase, wax, succeed, *go great guns, expand, mushroom.
ANT.: wither, die, shrivel, fail
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb 1. To grow rapidly and luxuriantly: bloom1, blossom, thrive. See THRIVE. 2. To do or fare well: boom, go, prosper, thrive. Slang: score. Idioms: get (or go) somewhere, go great guns, go strong. See THRIVE. 3. To be in one's prime: flower, shine. Idioms: cut a figure, make a splash. See THRIVE. 4. To wield boldly and dramatically: brandish, sweep, wave. See EXPRESS.

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  • Flourish — Flour ish, n.; pl. {Flourishes}. 1. A flourishing condition; prosperity; vigor. [Archaic] [1913 Webster] The Roman monarchy, in her highest flourish, never had the like. Howell. [1913 Webster] 2. Decoration; ornament; beauty. [1913 Webster] The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Flourish — Flour ish, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Flourished}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Flourishing}.] [OE. florisshen, flurisshen, OF. flurir, F. fleurir, fr. L. florere to bloom, fr. flos, floris, flower. See {Flower}, and { ish}.] 1. To grow luxuriantly; to increase… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • flourish — (v.) c.1300, to blossom, grow, from O.Fr. floriss , stem of florir blossom, flower, bloom, flourish, from L. florere to bloom, blossom, flower, figuratively to flourish, be prosperous, from flos a flower (see FLORA (Cf. flora)). Metaphoric sense… …   Etymology dictionary

  • flourish — [n] curlicue, decoration curl, embellishment, furbelow, garnish, ornamentation, plume, quirk, spiral, sweep, twist; concepts 259,284 flourish [v1] grow, prosper amplify, arrive, augment, batten, bear fruit, be on top of heap*, bloom, blossom,… …   New thesaurus

  • Flourish — Flour ish, v. t. 1. To adorn with flowers orbeautiful figures, either natural or artificial; to ornament with anything showy; to embellish. [Obs.] Fenton. [1913 Webster] 2. To embellish with the flowers of diction; to adorn with rhetorical… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • flourish — flour‧ish [ˈflʌrɪʆ ǁ ˈflɜːr ] verb [intransitive] if a business or industry flourishes, it is very successful and makes a profit: • The economy is booming and many small businesses are flourishing. * * * flourish UK US /ˈflʌrɪʃ/ verb [I] ► to be… …   Financial and business terms

  • flourish — index brandish, display, flaunt, gain, germinate, increase, pretense (ostentation), proliferate …   Law dictionary

  • flourish — vb 1 *succeed, prosper, thrive Analogous words: bloom, flower, *blossom, blow: increase, augment, multiply: *expand, amplify Antonyms: languish Contrasted words: *wither, shrivel: shrink, Contract: ebb, * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • flourish — ► VERB 1) grow or develop in a healthy or vigorous way. 2) be working or at the height of one s career during a specified period. 3) wave about dramatically. ► NOUN 1) a bold or extravagant gesture or action. 2) an ornamental flowing curve in… …   English terms dictionary

  • flourish — [flʉr′ish] vi. [ME florishen < extended stem of OFr florir, to blossom < LL * florire < L florere < flos, FLOWER] 1. Obs. to blossom 2. to grow vigorously; succeed; thrive; prosper 3. to be at the peak of development, activity,… …   English World dictionary

  • flourish — 01. Business has [flourished] since we started advertising on the Internet. 02. Victoria is quickly becoming a [flourishing] center for bicycle tourism. 03. Our roses are really [flourishing] in this nice weather. 04. The actress threw her scarf… …   Grammatical examples in English

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