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flourish — as in:  the business is flourishing

The children are flourishing.
to thrive (grow or develop well)
flourish — as in:  dismissed them with a flourish

She entered with a great flourish.
a showy gesture


the act of waving — a hand or an item

In Shakespeare’s plays, flourish is often used as a stage direction indicating a specific type of showy gesture:  fanfare played by trumpets to announce the entry or exit of royalty.
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