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verb American English pronunciation: flourish /ˈflɜrɪʃ/ 
Word Forms
present tense
present participleflourishing
past tenseflourished
past participleflourished

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  1. 1
    [intransitive] to grow well and be healthy

    Most plants flourish in this rich soil.

    Wildlife seems to flourish in the area.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to be very successful

    His new business is flourishing.

    The congregation continued to grow and flourish.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to wave something in the air so that people notice it

    She came in flourishing a photograph.

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