November 04, 2012
flourish (verb)
\FLER-ish\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : to grow well : thrive2 a : prosper, succeed b : to be active3 : to make bold sweeping gestures
How do you use it?
I moved my peace lily to a sunnier spot in the house, and now the plant is flourishing.
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The word "flourish" has another meaning we haven't told you about yet. Which of the following do you think it is?

B's the choice that's thriving today. "Flourish," which has been flourishing in the English language for more than 600 years now, traces back to the Latin word "florere," from "flor-, flos" meaning "flower." In English, "flourish" was first applied to plants that were growing well. The meaning expanded quickly, however, to apply to other things that were growing well, such as businesses or sciences. A little later, "flourish" was used to refer to the act of making bold, sweeping gestures, and to the act of shaking or waving something (often a sword or weapon) around.
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