Definition of Flourish

v. i.1.To grow luxuriantly; to increase and enlarge, as a healthy growing plant; a thrive.
[imp. & p. p. Flourished ; p. pr. & vb. n. Flourishing.]
A tree thrives and flourishes in a kindly . . . soil.
- Bp. Horne.
2.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.
When all the workers of iniquity do flourish.
- Ps. xcii 7
Bad men as frequently prosper and flourish, and that by the means of their wickedness.
- Nelson.
We say
Of those that held their heads above the crowd,
They flourished then or then.
- Tennyson.
3.To use florid language; to indulge in rhetorical figures and lofty expressions; to be flowery.
They dilate . . . and flourish long on little incidents.
- J. Watts.
4.To make bold and sweeping, fanciful, or wanton movements, by way of ornament, parade, bravado, etc.; to play with fantastic and irregular motion.
Impetuous spread
The stream, and smoking flourished o'er his head.
- Pope.
5.To make ornamental strokes with the pen; to write graceful, decorative figures.
6.To execute an irregular or fanciful strain of music, by way of ornament or prelude.
Why do the emperor's trumpets flourish thus?
- Shak.
7.To boast; to vaunt; to brag.
v. t.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.
Sith that the justice of your title to him
Doth flourish the deceit.
- Shak.
3.To move in bold or irregular figures; to swing about in circles or vibrations by way of show or triumph; to brandish.
And flourishes his blade in spite of me.
- Shak.
4.To develop; to make thrive; to expand.
Bottoms of thread . . . which with a good needle, perhaps may be flourished into large works.
- Bacon.
n.1.A flourishing condition; prosperity; vigor.
The Roman monarchy, in her highest flourish, never had the like.
- Howell.
2.Decoration; ornament; beauty.
The flourish of his sober youth
Was the pride of naked truth.
- Crashaw.
3.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.
He lards with flourishes his long harangue.
- Dryden.
4.A fanciful stroke of the pen or graver; a merely decorative figure.
5.A fantastic or decorative musical passage; a strain of triumph or bravado, not forming part of a regular musical composition; a cal; a fanfare.
A flourish, trumpets! strike alarum, drums!
- Shak.
6.The waving of a weapon or other thing; a brandishing; as, the flourish of a sword.

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