chieve

intransitive verb \ˈchēv\

Definition of chieve

-ed/-ing/-s

now dialectal, England

  1. :  thrive, prosper

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Origin and Etymology of chieve

Middle English cheven, chieven to reach an end, succeed, thrive, from Old French chevir to reach an end, finish, satisfy, come to terms, from chief, chef end, extremity, head — more at chief


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