What does the word flourish mean?

Usage examples for flourish

  1. And there were so many things, such endless vital things to be seen to if babies were to flourish. – The Pastor's Wife by Elizabeth von Arnim
  2. " It's jes the way I said," proclaimed Mrs. Wiggs, as she drove up with a flourish; " you never kin tell which way pleasure is a- comin'. – Lovey Mary by Alice Hegan Rice
  3. Long may ye flourish, peaceful and liberal inhabitants of Demerara! – Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton