flourish




A flourish is an extra touch — a trumpet’s “ta-ta-da!” announcing a king’s entrance, a fancy carving atop an otherwise utilitarian pillar, a wave of a flag or a cheerleader’s pompom.

Flourish can also mean “growth”: “With the right teacher, a child will flourish.” To understand how the two meanings of flourish connect, remember that the word “flower” (spelled flour-) is hiding inside it. Flowers are used for decoration and ornamentation, but they also grow. Get it? Good for you! Imagine a cheerleader shouting out your name, flourishing her pom-poms.

Definitions of flourish
  1. verb

    grow vigorously

    synonyms:
    boom, expand, thrive
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    types:

    revive

    be brought back to life, consciousness, or strength
    luxuriate

    thrive profusely or flourish extensively
    type of:

    grow

    become larger, greater, or bigger; expand or gain

  2. verb

    make steady progress; be at the high point in one’s career or reach a high point in historical significance or importance

    synonyms:
    fly high, prosper, thrive
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    Antonyms:

    languish

    fail to progress or succeed
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    change state, turn

    undergo a transformation or a change of position or action

  3. noun

    the act of waving

    synonyms:
    brandish
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    type of:

    wafture, wave, waving

    the act of signaling by a movement of the hand

  4. noun

    a showy gesture

    “she entered with a great
    flourish
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    type of:

    gesture, motion

    the use of movements (especially of the hands) to communicate familiar or prearranged signals

  5. noun

    an ornamental embellishment in writing

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    paraph

    a flourish added after or under your signature (originally to protect against forgery)
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    embellishment

    a superfluous ornament

  6. noun

    a display of ornamental speech or language

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    type of:

    grandiloquence, grandiosity, magniloquence, ornateness, rhetoric

    high-flown style; excessive use of verbal ornamentation

  7. verb

    move or swing back and forth

    synonyms:
    brandish, wave
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    types:

    wigwag

    send a signal by waving a flag or a light according to a certain code
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    displace, move

    cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

  8. noun

    (music) a short lively tune played on brass instruments

    “he entered to a
    flourish of trumpets”
    synonyms:
    fanfare, tucket
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    type of:

    air, line, melodic line, melodic phrase, melody, strain, tune

    a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence

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