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1  —as in:
the business is flourishing
Definition to thrive (grow or develop well)
  • The business flourished from day one.
flourished = grew or developed well
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The children are flourishing.
  • flourishing = growing or developing well
  • The garden flourishes in the spring.
  • The men who had befriended Louie in captivity found their way back into civilian life. Some flourished; some struggled for the rest of their lives.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • flourished = thrived
  • The over-zealous converts who had smarted under Mr. Brown's restraining hand now flourished in full favour.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • flourished = thrived (did well)
  • The vampire live on, and cannot die by mere passing of the time, he can flourish when that he can fatten on the blood of the living.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • flourish = thrive (grow or develop well)
  • My art career is going to flourish in Phoenix.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • flourish = thrive (grow or develop well)
  • He lived and flourished in such moments.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • flourished = thrived
  • I asked how my father's mood waxed, and what the names of my nieces and nephews were, and what empires flourished new in the world.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • flourished = thrived (grew or developed well)
  • It was the type that seemed to flourish best under the dominion of the Party.
    George Orwell  --  1984
flourish = thrive (grow or develop well)

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2  —as in:
dismissed them with a flourish
Definition a showy gesture


the act of waving — a hand or an item
  • She entered with a great flourish.
flourish = showy gesture
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • He bowed to her with a flourish.
  • flourish = showy gesture
  • Seized with an immediate desire to reveal himself, Harry pulled off the cloak with a flourish.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • flourish = a showy gesture
  • Flourish of cornets.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • flourish = a showy gesture
  • He would return with a flourish, and regain the seven wasted years.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • flourish = showy manner
  • He unpacks the embroidered handbag, and some good sausages come to light; Lewandowski takes up the knife with a flourish and saws the meat into slices.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • flourish = showy gesture
  • I thought it must be some kind of culminating prank, the senior class leaving Devon with a flourish.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • flourish = showy gesture
  • Mr. Kimberley flourished his cane at the silent children.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • flourished = waved (or made a showy gesture with)
  • Now, it plunged the book back under his arm, pressed it tight to sweating armpit, rushed out empty, with a magician's flourish!
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • flourish = showy gesture
  • Its voice was thin, needle-sharp and insistent; The three boys rushed forward and Jack drew his knife again with a flourish.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
flourish = showy gesture

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