Definitions of flourish

  1. To adorn with flowers orbeautiful figures, either natural or artificial; to ornament with anything showy; to embellish.
  2. To embellish with the flowers of diction; to adorn with rhetorical figures; to grace with ostentatious eloquence; to set off with a parade of words.
  3. To move in bold or irregular figures; to swing about in circles or vibrations by way of show or triumph; to brandish.
  4. To develop; to make thrive; to expand.
  5. Swing about or brandish.
  6. To brandish; swing about.
  7. To grow luxuriantly; to increase and enlarge, as a healthy growing plant; a thrive.
  8. To be prosperous; to increase in wealth, honor, comfort, happiness, or whatever is desirable; to thrive; to be prominent and influental; specifically, of authors, painters, etc., to be in a state of activity or production.
  9. To use florid language; to indulge in rhetorical figures and lofty expressions; to be flowery.
  10. To make bold and sweeping, fanciful, or wanton movements, by way of ornament, parade, bravado, etc.; to play with fantastic and irregular motion.
  11. To make ornamental strokes with the pen; to write graceful, decorative figures.
  12. To execute an irregular or fanciful strain of music, by way of ornament or prelude.
  13. To boast; to vaunt; to brag.
  14. To prosper or thrive; be vigorous; be copious or flowery in language; make ornamental lines with a pen; boast or brag.
  15. To thrive luxuriantly; to be prosperous; to use copious and flowery language; to make ornamental strokes with the pen.
  16. To thrive; be prosperous.
  17. grow stronger; " The economy was booming"
  18. gain in wealth
  19. move or swing back and forth; " She waved her gun"
  20. Something made or performed in a fanciful, wanton, or vaunting manner, by way of ostentation, to excite admiration, etc.; ostentatious embellishment; ambitious copiousness or amplification; parade of words and figures; show; as, a flourish of rhetoric or of wit.
  21. To thrive; prosper; live.
  22. To swing or wave about.
  23. To use flourishes.
  24. To adorn with flowers or ornaments; to expand in a flowery way; to brandish; to parade about; to cinbellish with the flowers of diction; to garnish over.
  25. To come out in blossom; to thrive; to prosper; to adorn with flowers; to wave or brandish; to embellish or adorn.
  26. Flourishing.
  27. a showy gesture; " she entered with a great flourish"
  28. an ornamental embellishment in writing
  29. A flourishing condition; prosperity; vigor.
  30. Decoration; ornament; beauty.
  31. A fanciful stroke of the pen or graver; a merely decorative figure.
  32. A fantastic or decorative musical passage; a strain of triumph or bravado, not forming part of a regular musical composition; a cal; a fanfare.
  33. The waving of a weapon or other thing; a brandishing; as, the flourish of a sword.
  34. A figure formed by lines or strokes fancifully drawn; decoration; a musical passage intended only for display; Ostentatious or showy parade; a waving about, as of a sword.
  35. Decoration; showy splendor; a figure made by a bold stroke of the pen; the waving of a weapon or other thing; a parade of words; a musical prelude.
  36. Decoration; ornamental stroke with a pen; parade; brandishing of a weapon, & c.; series of musical notes.
  37. An ornamental mark in writing; something for display.
  38. The act of brandishing or waving.
  39. Showy splendour; showy embellishment; parade of words and figures; figures formed by bold, irregular, or fanciful strokes of the pen or graver; a brandishing; the waving of a weapon or other thing; the decorative notes sometimes added for the sake of effect. Flourish of trumpets, the sounding of trumpets when receiving any officer or person of distinction; any ostentatious announcement.
  40. Blossom; showy splendour; parade of words; a sounding, as of trumpets; a bold stroke in writing.