Pronunciation: (flûr'ish, flur'-),[key] —v.i. 1. to be in a vigorous state; thrive: a period in which art flourished. 2. to be in its or in one's prime; be at the height of fame, excellence, influence, etc.
3. to be successful; prosper.
4. to grow luxuriantly, or thrive in growth, as a plant.
5. to make dramatic, sweeping gestures: Flourish more when you act out the king's great death scene. 6. to add embellishments and ornamental lines to writing, letters, etc.
7. to sound a trumpet call or fanfare.
—v.t. 1. to brandish dramatically; gesticulate with: a conductor flourishing his baton for the crescendo. 2. to decorate or embellish (writing, a page of script, etc.) with sweeping or fanciful curves or lines.
—n. 1. an act or instance of brandishing.
2. an ostentatious display.
3. a decoration or embellishment, esp. in writing: He added a few flourishes to his signature. 4. Rhet.a parade of fine language; an expression used merely for effect.
5. a trumpet call or fanfare.
6. a condition or period of thriving: in full flourish.