- 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 [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[transitive] flourish something to wave something around in a way that makes people look at it He rushed into the room flourishing the newspaper.
NAmE//ˈflərɪʃ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they flourish
he / she / it flourishes
past simple flourished
-ing form flourishing