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1 [no object] (of a person, animal, or other living organism) grow or develop in a healthy or vigorous way, especially as the result of a particularly favorable environment:wild plants flourish on the banks of the lake develop rapidly and successfully:the organization has continued to flourish [with adverbial] (of a person) be working or at the height of one’s career during a specified period:the caricaturist and wit who flourished in the early years of this century 2 [with object] (of a person) wave (something) around to attract the attention of others:“Happy New Year!” he yelled, flourishing a bottle of whiskey
1a bold or extravagant gesture or action, made especially to attract the attention of others:with a flourish, she ushered them inside an instance of suddenly performing or developing in an impressively successful way:the Bulldogs produced a late second-half flourish an elaborate rhetorical or literary expression. an ornamental flowing curve in handwriting or scrollwork:spiky gothic letters with an emphatic flourish beneath them 2 Music a fanfare played by brass instruments:a flourish of trumpets an ornate musical passage. an improvised addition played especially at the beginning or end of a composition.