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intransitive verb \ˈthrīv\

: to grow or develop successfully : to flourish or succeed

thrived or throve \ˈthrōv\ thrived also thriv·en \ˈthri-vən\ thriv·ing \ˈthrī-viŋ\

Full Definition of THRIVE

:  to grow vigorously :  flourish
:  to gain in wealth or possessions :  prosper
:  to progress toward or realize a goal despite or because of circumstances —often used with on <thrives on conflict>
thriv·er \ˈthrī-vər\ noun

Examples of THRIVE

  1. <these plants thrive with relatively little sunlight>
  2. <going to a school for gifted students will help him thrive as a musical prodigy>

Origin of THRIVE

Middle English, from Old Norse thrīfask, probably reflexive of thrīfa to grasp
First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with THRIVE

THRIVED Defined for Kids


verb \ˈthrīv\
thrived or throve \ˈthrōv\thrived also thriv·en \ˈthri-vən\thriv·ing \ˈthrī-viŋ\

Definition of THRIVE for Kids

:  to grow or develop very well :  flourish <Cacti thrive in dry conditions.> <Business is thriving.>


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