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Flourish, vb. 1) intr. a) to blow, to blossom: “one --ing branch of his most royal root,” R2 I, 2, 18. until it (the rose) “wither with me to my grave or f. to the height of my degree,” H6A II, 4, 111. “wither one rose, and let the other f.” H6C II, 5, 101. “like the lily, that once was mistress of the field and --ed,” H8 III, 1, 152.
b) to thrive, to be prosperous: “--ing peopled towns,” Gentl. V, 4, 3. “'tis youth in ladies' eyes that --eth,” Shr. II, 342. “a seducer --es, and a poor maid is undone,” All's V, 3, 146. Wint. I, 2, 359. H6B II, 2, 57. R3 V, 3, 130. R3 V, 3, 130 R3 V, 3, 130 H8 IV, 2, 125. V, 5, 53. Tit. I, 38. Tim. V, 1, 13. Hml. V, 2, 40. Cymb. V, 4, 145. Per. II, 2, 47.
c) to brandish a sword: “give that changing piece to him that --ed for her with his sword,” Tit. I, 310. “all of us fell down, whilst bloody treason --ed over us,” Caes. III, 2, 196.
d) to sound in triumph: “why do the emperor's trumpets f. thus?” Tit. IV, 2, 49.
2) trans. a) to colour, to varnish: “the justice of your title to him doth f. the deceit,” Meas. IV, 1, 75. cf. O'erflourish.
b) to brandish: “--es his blade,” Rom. I, 1, 85.
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