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FLOURISH

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does flourish mean? 

FLOURISH (noun)
  The noun FLOURISH has 5 senses:

1. a showy gesture
2. an ornamental embellishment in writing
3. a display of ornamental speech or language
4. the act of waving
5. (music) a short lively tune played on brass instruments

  Familiarity information: FLOURISH used as a noun is common.


FLOURISH (verb)
  The verb FLOURISH has 3 senses:

1. grow stronger
2. gain in wealth
3. move or swing back and forth

  Familiarity information: FLOURISH used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


FLOURISH (noun)


Sense 1flourish [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A showy gesture

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Context example:

she entered with a great flourish

Hypernyms ("flourish" is a kind of...):

gesture; motion (the use of movements (especially of the hands) to communicate familiar or prearranged signals)


Sense 2flourish [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An ornamental embellishment in writing

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("flourish" is a kind of...):

embellishment (a superfluous ornament)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "flourish"):

paraph (a flourish added after or under your signature (originally to protect against forgery))


Sense 3flourish [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A display of ornamental speech or language

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("flourish" is a kind of...):

grandiloquence; grandiosity; magniloquence; ornateness; rhetoric (high-flown style; excessive use of verbal ornamentation)


Sense 4flourish [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of waving

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

brandish; flourish

Hypernyms ("flourish" is a kind of...):

wafture; wave; waving (the act of signaling by a movement of the hand)


Sense 5flourish [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(music) a short lively tune played on brass instruments

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

tucket; fanfare; flourish

Context examples:

he entered to a flourish of trumpets / her arrival was greeted with a rousing fanfare

Hypernyms ("flourish" is a kind of...):

air; line; melodic line; melodic phrase; melody; strain; tune (a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence)

Domain category:

music (an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner)


FLOURISH (verb)


Sense 1flourish [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Grow stronger

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

thrive; prosper; flourish; get ahead; expand; boom

Context example:

The economy was booming

Hypernyms (to "flourish" is one way to...):

grow (become larger, greater, or bigger; expand or gain)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "flourish"):

revive (be brought back to life, consciousness, or strength)

luxuriate (thrive profusely or flourish extensively)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s

Sentence example:

The business is going to flourish


Sense 2flourish [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Gain in wealth

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

flourish; fly high; prosper; thrive

Hypernyms (to "flourish" is one way to...):

change state; turn (undergo a transformation or a change of position or action)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s


Sense 3flourish [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Move or swing back and forth

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

brandish; wave; flourish

Context example:

She waved her gun

Hypernyms (to "flourish" is one way to...):

displace; move (cause to move, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense)

"Flourish" entails doing...:

hold; take hold (have or hold in one's hands or grip)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "flourish"):

wigwag (send a signal by waving a flag or a light according to a certain code)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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