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Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: florir 'to produce flowers', from Latin flos 'flower'

flourish

1 verb
     
flour‧ish1
1 [intransitive] to develop well and be successful [= thrive]:
The economy is booming and small businesses are flourishing.
2 [intransitive] to grow well and be very healthy [↪ thrive]:
Most plants will flourish in the rich deep soils here.
3 [transitive] to wave something in your hand in order to make people notice it:
She walked quickly to the desk, flourishing her cheque book.

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