\ˈthrīv \
thrived or throve\ˈthrōv \; thrived also thriven\ˈthri-​vən \; thriving\ˈthrī-​viŋ \

Definition of thrive 

intransitive verb

1 : to grow vigorously : flourish

2 : to gain in wealth or possessions : prosper

3 : to progress toward or realize a goal despite or because of circumstances often used with on thrives on conflict

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thriver \ˈthrī-​vər \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for thrive


arrive, flourish, prosper, succeed



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Examples of thrive in a Sentence

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

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The 65-year-old Italian designer with a penchant for quoting Socrates and Saint Benedict has been painstakingly restoring a medieval village called Solomeo, all the while transforming a quiet rural community into a thriving manufacturing center. Alison S. Cohn, Harper's BAZAAR, "Brunello Cucinelli Celebrates 40 Years," 25 Sep. 2018 Further inland in southern Belize, a city called Lubaantan thrived at around the same time as Wild Cane Cay and the salt works at Payne’s Creek. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Small Mayan saltworks could have supplied thousands, preserved food," 9 Oct. 2018 Growing as a prince Though Charles's younger years were filled with heartache, the future king, today, is thriving. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "A Rare Look Inside Prince Charles's Surprisingly Lonely and Heartbreaking Childhood," 16 Aug. 2018 Vines takes after the glowing green rainforest, where familiar houseplants thrive at Jurassic sizes; the fragrance skews earthy, with a hint of subtle fig, musk, and overripe citrus. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "That Scent Wafting Through the Whitney Museum’s New Exhibition? It's Your Next Perfume Obsession," 3 Aug. 2018 The tourism industry, in particular, probably would not thrive at the scale in which in does if not for our proximity to Mexico, as that sector supports many Mexicans who cross daily to work here. Phillip Molnar,, "Will a slowdown in refugees hurt San Diego County’s economy?," 29 June 2018 Why 'Drag Race' is thriving The Season 10 queens have already provided lip-sync fireworks on multiple occasions. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "'RuPaul's Drag Race': Which queen will win Season 10? Who should?," 27 June 2018 Many are thriving at work, including doctors, lawyers, cops and CEOs. Beth Warren, The Courier-Journal, "Tired of going to funerals, this doctor treats addiction with drugs," 21 June 2018 There's a real danger in allowing conspiracy theories — like the one cooked up about Hogg — to thrive., "Becca Kufrin Responds To Controversy Surrounding One Of Her Eligible Baes," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of thrive

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for thrive

Middle English, from Old Norse thrīfask, probably reflexive of thrīfa to grasp

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English Language Learners Definition of thrive

: to grow or develop successfully : to flourish or succeed


\ˈthrīv \
thrived or throve\ˈthrōv \; thrived also thriven\ˈthri-​vən \; thriving\ˈthrī-​viŋ \

Kids Definition of thrive

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

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