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flourish

verb uk   /ˈflʌr.ɪʃ/  us   /ˈflɝː-/

flourish verb (SUCCEED)

C2 [I] to grow or develop successfully: My tomatoes are flourishing this summer - it must be the warm weather. Watercolour painting began to flourish in Britain around 1750.

flourish verb (WAVE)

[T] mainly UK to move something in your hand in order to make people look at it: She came in smiling, flourishing her exam results.

flourish

noun uk   /ˈflʌr.ɪʃ/  us   /ˈflɝː-/
with a flourish If you do something with a flourish, you do it with one big, noticeable movement: The waiter handed me the menu with a flourish. He took off his hat with a flourish.
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