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flour·ish

flourish

 
 
pronunciation:
fluh rIsh
parts of speech:
verb, noun
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part of speech: verb
inflections: flourishes, flourishing, flourished
definition 1: to grow in a strong, healthy way.
Plants flourish in this rich soil.
synonyms:
grow, thrive
antonyms:
wilt, wither
similar words:
bloom, blossom, develop, flower, mature, wax
definition 2: to do well; succeed.
Joan flourished in her new school.
synonyms:
blossom, prosper, succeed, thrive
similar words:
bloom, progress
definition 3: to wave about in a bold or dramatic way.
The children flourished cardboard swords in the school play.
synonyms:
wave
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act of moving or waving about in a showy way.
The magician performed his trick with a flourish of his magic wand.
similar words:
wave
definition 2: an added decoration.
He signed his name with a flourish.
similar words:
decoration, ornament, slash, swirl
derivations: flourishing (adj.), flourisher (n.)
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