flourish meaning, flourish definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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  ( flourishes    plural & 3rd person present)   ( flourishing    present participle)   ( flourished    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If something flourishes, it is successful, active, or common, and developing quickly and strongly.   (=thrive)     (Antonym: flounder)    Business flourished and within six months they were earning 18,000 roubles a day...      V  
  flourishing      adj  
London quickly became a flourishing port.     
2       verb   If a plant or animal flourishes, it grows well or is healthy because the conditions are right for it.   (=thrive)  
The plant flourishes particularly well in slightly harsher climes.      V  
  flourishing      adj  
Britain has the largest and most flourishing fox population in Europe.     
3       verb   If you flourish an object, you wave it about in a way that makes people notice it.  
He flourished the glass to emphasize the point.      V n  
      Flourish is also a noun., n-count  
He took his peaked cap from under his arm with a flourish and pulled it low over his eyes.     
4       n-count   If you do something with aflourish, you do in a showy way so that people notice it.  
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  



1    bear fruit, be in one's prime, be successful, be vigorous, bloom, blossom, boom, burgeon, develop, do well, flower, get ahead, get on, go great guns     (slang)   go up in the world, grow, grow fat, increase, prosper, succeed, thrive  
2    brandish, display, flaunt, flutter, shake, sweep, swing, swish, twirl, vaunt, wag, wave, wield  
3    brandishing, dash, display, fanfare, parade, shaking, show, showy gesture, twirling, wave  
4    curlicue, decoration, embellishment, ornamentation, plume, sweep  
1    decline, diminish, dwindle, fade, fail, grow less, pine, shrink, wane  

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