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English noun: flourish

1. flourish (communication) a showy gesture

SamplesShe entered with a great flourish.

Broader (hypernym)gesture, motion

2. flourish (communication) an ornamental embellishment in writing

Broader (hypernym)embellishment

Narrower (hyponym)paraph

3. flourish (communication) a display of ornamental speech or language

Broader (hypernym)grandiloquence, grandiosity, magniloquence, ornateness, rhetoric

4. flourish (communication) the act of waving


Broader (hypernym)wafture, wave, waving

5. flourish (communication) (music) a short lively tune played on brass instruments

SamplesHe entered to a flourish of trumpets.
Her arrival was greeted with a rousing fanfare.

Synonymsfanfare, tucket

Broader (hypernym)air, line, melodic line, melodic phrase, melody, strain, tune

Domain categorymusic

English verb: flourish

1. flourish (change) grow vigorously

SamplesThe deer population in this town is thriving.
Business is booming.

ExamplesThe business is going to flourish

Synonymsboom, expand, thrive

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)grow

Narrower (hyponym)luxuriate, revive

2. flourish (possession) make steady progress; be at the high point in one's career or reach a high point in historical significance or importance

SamplesThe new student is thriving.

Synonymsfly high, prosper, thrive

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)change state, turn

3. flourish (contact) move or swing back and forth

SamplesShe waved her gun.

Synonymsbrandish, wave

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)displace, move

Narrower (hyponym)wigwag

Entailhold, take hold

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