Definition of flourish verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    flourish

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈflʌrɪʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈflɜːrɪʃ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they flourish
    BrE BrE//ˈflʌrɪʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈflɜːrɪʃ//
     
    he / she / it flourishes
    BrE BrE//ˈflʌrɪʃɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈflɜːrɪʃɪz//
     
    past simple flourished
    BrE BrE//ˈflʌrɪʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈflɜːrɪʃt//
     
    past participle flourished
    BrE BrE//ˈflʌrɪʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈflɜːrɪʃt//
     
    -ing form flourishing
    BrE BrE//ˈflʌrɪʃɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈflɜːrɪʃɪŋ//
     
    Happiness, Good health
     
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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. (especially British English) I'm glad to hear you're all flourishing. See related entries: Happiness, Good health
  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.
  4. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French floriss-, lengthened stem of florir, based on Latin florere, from flos, flor- ‘a flower’. The noun senses ‘ornamental curve’ and ‘florid expression’ come from an obsolete sense of the verb, ‘adorn’ (originally with flowers).Extra examples The company has continued to flourish over the years. His international career has flourished under captain James Murray. I hope the grandchildren are flourishing. Olten is a lively and flourishing town. The plants flourish in a damp climate. The town still flourishes as a fishing port. Their relationship flourished for forty years. This tradition of singing is flourishing.
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