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Definition of flourish verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they flourish
    he / she / it flourishes
    past simple flourished
    -ing form flourishing
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  1. 1[intransitive] to develop quickly and be successful or common synonym thrive Few businesses are flourishing in the present economic climate. The arts began to flourish at that time. There was a flourishing black market.
  2. 2[intransitive] to grow well; to be healthy and happy synonym thrive These plants flourish in a damp climate. Peter is really flourishing in his new school.
  3. 3[transitive] flourish something to wave something around in a way that makes people look at it He rushed into the room flourishing the newspaper.
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