Flour·ish v. i. [imp. & p. p. Flourished p. pr. & vb. n. Flourishing.]
1. To grow luxuriantly; to increase and enlarge, as a healthy growing plant; a thrive.
A tree thrives and flourishes in a kindly . . . soil. --Bp. Horne.
2. 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.
When all the workers of iniquity do flourish. --Ps. xcii 7
Bad men as frequently prosper and flourish, and that by the means of their wickedness. --Nelson.
Of those that held their heads above the crowd,
They flourished then or then. --Tennyson.
3. To use florid language; to indulge in rhetorical figures and lofty expressions; to be flowery.
They dilate . . . and flourish long on little incidents. --J. Watts.
4. To make bold and sweeping, fanciful, or wanton movements, by way of ornament, parade, bravado, etc.; to play with fantastic and irregular motion.
The stream, and smoking flourished o'er his head. --Pope.
5. To make ornamental strokes with the pen; to write graceful, decorative figures.
6. To execute an irregular or fanciful strain of music, by way of ornament or prelude.
Why do the emperor's trumpets flourish thus? --Shak.
7. To boast; to vaunt; to brag.