Meaning of “flourish” in the English Dictionary

"flourish" in English

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uk /ˈflʌr.ɪʃ/ us /ˈflɝː.ɪʃ/


uk /ˈflʌr.ɪʃ/ us /ˈflɝː.ɪʃ/
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.

(Definition of “flourish” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"flourish" in American English

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us /ˈflɜr·ɪʃ, ˈflʌr-/

flourish verb (SUCCEED)

[ I ] to grow or develop successfully:

Parts of the city continue to flourish.
This is the perfect environment for our company to flourish and expand in.

flourish verb (WAVE)

[ T ] to move something in your hand in order to make people look at it:

She ran up to her father, flourishing her diploma.

flourishnoun [ C ]

us /ˈflɜr·ɪʃ/

flourish noun [ C ] (WAVE)

a big, noticeable movement:

I pulled into the driveway with a flourish .

(Definition of “flourish” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"flourish" in Business English

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flourishverb [ I ]

uk /ˈflʌrɪʃ/ us

to be successful, for example, by making a lot of money or developing quickly:

Thanks to a lot of effort and the support of local people, the business flourished.

A flourishing market requires competition, proper prices and proper incentives.

(Definition of “flourish” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)