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ADJECTIVE (1)

1. very lively and profitable;
- Example: "flourishing businesses"
- Example: "a palmy time for stockbrokers"
- Example: "a prosperous new business"
- Example: "doing a roaring trade"
- Example: "a thriving tourist center"
- Example: "did a thriving business in orchids"
[syn: booming, flourishing, palmy, prospering, prosperous, roaring, thriving]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Flourish \Flour"ish\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Flourished; p. pr. & vb. n. Flourishing.] [OE. florisshen, flurisshen, OF. flurir, F. fleurir, fr. L. florere to bloom, fr. flos, floris, flower. See Flower, and -ish.] 1. To grow luxuriantly; to increase and enlarge, as a healthy growing plant; a thrive. [1913 Webster] A tree thrives and flourishes in a kindly . . . soil. --Bp. Horne. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] When all the workers of iniquity do flourish. --Ps. xcii 7 [1913 Webster] Bad men as frequently prosper and flourish, and that by the means of their wickedness. --Nelson. [1913 Webster] We say Of those that held their heads above the crowd, They flourished then or then. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster] 3. To use florid language; to indulge in rhetorical figures and lofty expressions; to be flowery. [1913 Webster] They dilate . . . and flourish long on little incidents. --J. Watts. [1913 Webster] 4. To make bold and sweeping, fanciful, or wanton movements, by way of ornament, parade, bravado, etc.; to play with fantastic and irregular motion. [1913 Webster] Impetuous spread The stream, and smoking flourished o'er his head. --Pope. [1913 Webster] 5. To make ornamental strokes with the pen; to write graceful, decorative figures. [1913 Webster] 6. To execute an irregular or fanciful strain of music, by way of ornament or prelude. [1913 Webster] Why do the emperor's trumpets flourish thus? --Shak. [1913 Webster] 7. To boast; to vaunt; to brag. --Pope. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

flourishing adj 1: very lively and profitable; "flourishing businesses"; "a palmy time for stockbrokers"; "a prosperous new business"; "doing a roaring trade"; "a thriving tourist center"; "did a thriving business in orchids" [syn: booming, flourishing, palmy, prospering, prosperous, roaring, thriving]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

89 Moby Thesaurus words for "flourishing": abundant, balmy, blooming, blossoming, booming, bountiful, brandish, brandishing, budding, burgeoning, bursting, bursting out, clear, copious, creative, crescent, dense, developed, exuberant, fair, fat, fecund, fertile, flaunt, flaunting, florescent, flourish, flowering, fructiferous, fruitful, fruiting, full-fledged, full-grown, fully developed, generous, going strong, gross, growing, grown, grown-up, halcyon, heavy, hypertrophied, impenetrable, in full swing, in good case, increasing, jungled, jungly, lush, luxuriant, mature, overdeveloped, overgrown, overrun, palmy, piping, plenteous, plentiful, pregnant, productive, proliferous, prolific, prospering, prosperous, rank, rich, riotous, rosy, seminal, shaking, sleek, sprouting, successful, superabundant, swarming, teeming, thick, thriving, uberous, undulation, unweeded, vigorous, wave, wave motion, waving, weed-choked, weed-ridden, weedy