Definition and Meanings for flourishing

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Flourishing is ranked 10,833 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of flourishing

intransitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, transitive verb, noun

Etymology of flourishing

oe. florisshen, flurisshen, of. flurir, f. fleurir, fr. l. florere to bloom, fr. flos, floris, flower. see flower, and -ish

Meaning of flourishing


as intransitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

  • to grow luxuriantly; to increase and enlarge, as a healthy growing plant; a thrive.
  • to be prosperous; to increase in wealth, honor, comfort, happiness, or whatever is desirable; to thrive; to be prominent and influental; specifically, of authors, painters, etc., to be in a state of activity or production.
  • to use florid language; to indulge in rhetorical figures and lofty expressions; to be flowery.
  • to make bold and sweeping, fanciful, or wanton movements, by way of ornament, parade, bravado, etc.; to play with fantastic and irregular motion.
  • to make ornamental strokes with the pen; to write graceful, decorative figures.
  • to execute an irregular or fanciful strain of music, by way of ornament or prelude.
  • to boast; to vaunt; to brag.

as transitive verb

  • to adorn with flowers orbeautiful figures, either natural or artificial; to ornament with anything showy; to embellish.
  • to embellish with the flowers of diction; to adorn with rhetorical figures; to grace with ostentatious eloquence; to set off with a parade of words.
  • to move in bold or irregular figures; to swing about in circles or vibrations by way of show or triumph; to brandish.
  • to develop; to make thrive; to expand.

as noun

  • a flourishing condition; prosperity; vigor.
  • decoration; ornament; beauty.
  • something made or performed in a fanciful, wanton, or vaunting manner, by way of ostentation, to excite admiration, etc.; ostentatious embellishment; ambitious copiousness or amplification; parade of words and figures; show; as, a flourish of rhetoric or of wit.
  • a fanciful stroke of the pen or graver; a merely decorative figure.
  • a fantastic or decorative musical passage; a strain of triumph or bravado, not forming part of a regular musical composition; a cal; a fanfare.
  • the waving of a weapon or other thing; a brandishing; as, the flourish of a sword.
  • No antonyms for flourishing

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