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Definition of flourish verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    flourish

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//ˈflərɪʃ//
     
    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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