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flourish (v.)

c. 1300, "to blossom, grow" (intransitive), from Old French floriss-, stem of florir "to blossom, flower, bloom; prosper, flourish," from Latin florere "to bloom, blossom, flower," figuratively "to flourish, be prosperous," from flos "a flower" (from PIE root *bhel- (3) "to thrive, bloom"). Metaphoric sense of "thrive" is mid-14c. in English. Transitive meaning "brandish (a weapon), hold in the hand and wave about" is from late 14c. Related: Flourished; flourishing.

flourish (n.)

c. 1500, "a blossom," from flourish (v.). Meaning "an ostentatious waving of a weapon" is from 1550s; that of "excessive literary or rhetorical embellishment" is from c. 1600; in reference to decorative curves in penmanship, 1650s; as "a fanfare of trumpets," 1590s.

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Definitions of flourish
1
flourish (n.)
a showy gesture;
she entered with a great flourish
flourish (n.)
an ornamental embellishment in writing;
flourish (n.)
a display of ornamental speech or language;
flourish (n.)
the act of waving;
Synonyms: brandish
flourish (n.)
(music) a short lively tune played on brass instruments;
he entered to a flourish of trumpets
Synonyms: fanfare / tucket
2
flourish (v.)
grow vigorously;
Synonyms: boom / thrive / expand
flourish (v.)
make steady progress; be at the high point in one's career or reach a high point in historical significance or importance;
Synonyms: thrive / prosper / fly high
flourish (v.)
move or swing back and forth;
Synonyms: brandish / wave
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