to grow luxuriantly; thrive; to achieve success; to reach a height of development or influence; grow or develop in a healthy or vigorous way, especially as the result of a particularly favorable environment; to be in a period of highest productivity, excellence or influence.
Flourish was NOT the initial word I had chosen for 2017. But the other word just didn't "gel".
So I took my time...and allowed my thoughts to be free and really discern WHAT I wanted to experience in this new year. How I wanted to feel. What are my goals. And then "flourish" presented itself to me.
Immediately, I knew. "Flourish" is my word!
sources for definition: bing.com; merriam-webster dictionary; American Heritage dictionary.