Synonyms of flourish in English:

flourish

verb

  • 1 rainforests flourish because of the heat and the rain
    grow, thrive, prosper, grow/do well, develop, burgeon, increase, multiply, proliferate; spring up, shoot up, bloom, blossom, bear fruit, burst forth, run riot; put on a spurt, boom, mushroom
    [Antonyms] die, wither
  • 2 the arts flourished in this period
    thrive, prosper, bloom, be in good shape, be in good health, be well, be strong, be vigorous, be in its heyday; progress, make progress, advance, make headway, develop, improve, become better, mature; evolve, make strides, move forward (in leaps and bounds), move ahead, get ahead, expand
    informal be in the pink, go places, go great guns, get somewhere
    [Antonyms] decline
  • 3 he flourished the sword at them in a mocking salute
    brandish, wave, shake, wield, raise, hold aloft; swing, twirl, wag, swish, flap; display, exhibit, flaunt, vaunt, parade, show off
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    flourish, thrive, prosper
    All three words denote a healthy or successful state.Flourish and thrive both mean ‘grow healthily’ or ‘be successful, active, or widespread’, and are used especially of plants, but also of people (either physically or emotionally), animals, businesses, activities, and abstract things such as ideas and movements ( only algae will thrive in such an environment | Macedonian religious and cultural life continued to flourish under the Byzantines). Both are often found in their adjectival forms, flourishing and thriving, which predominantly have a financial sense ( he joined his father's thriving business).Thrive is also used with on in a sense tending towards ‘enjoy’ ( the kind of plants that thrive on heat and dust | he is the kind of person who thrives on arguments).Prosper is used of people and groups of people and refers mainly to material or financial success ( the company has grown and prospered). Although the adjective prosperous is an everyday word, to prosper can have a slightly archaic ring.

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