Pronunciation: (flûr'ish, flur'-), [key]
1. to be in a vigorous state; thrive: a period in which art flourished.
2. to be in its or in one's prime; be at the height of fame, excellence, influence, etc.
3. to be successful; prosper.
4. to grow luxuriantly, or thrive in growth, as a plant.
5. to make dramatic, sweeping gestures: Flourish more when you act out the king's great death scene.
6. to add embellishments and ornamental lines to writing, letters, etc.
7. to sound a trumpet call or fanfare.
1. to brandish dramatically; gesticulate with: a conductor flourishing his baton for the crescendo.
2. to decorate or embellish (writing, a page of script, etc.) with sweeping or fanciful curves or lines.
1. an act or instance of brandishing.
2. an ostentatious display.
3. a decoration or embellishment, esp. in writing: He added a few flourishes to his signature.
4. Rhet.a parade of fine language; an expression used merely for effect.
5. a trumpet call or fanfare.
6. a condition or period of thriving: in full flourish.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.