V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to grow in strength; 2. to grow in wealth; 3. to thrive and be healthy; 4. to move back and forth in a swinging motion

Synonyms: grow, thrive, bloom, blossom, abound, burgeon

Antonyms: languish, wilt, wither, wane, shrivel

Tips: Flourish is derived from the Latin florir, "to bloom." Think of an abundant field of flowers in bloom--the flowers are flourishing. The word flourish is also a noun, referring to a musical interlude, the act of waving, a showy gesture, or something ornamental added to writing. Used as an adjective, flourishing also describes something that is thriving or growing successfully.

Usage Examples:

My garden flourished with the coming of an early spring. (blossomed, thrived)

She removed her fur coat with a flourish and handed it to the butler. (showy gesture) noun

I think her creativity will flourish in such an artistic environment. (grow, thrive)

That neighborhood has flourished in the past couple years and is now one of the more desirable places to live in the city. (thrive, blossom)

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