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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


Synonymsbrandish


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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