\ ˈthrīv How to pronounce thrive (audio) \
thrived or throve\ ˈthrōv How to pronounce throve (audio) \; thrived also thriven\ ˈthri-​vən How to pronounce thriven (audio) \; thriving\ ˈthrī-​viŋ How to pronounce thriving (audio) \

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 onthrives on conflict

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thriver \ ˈthrī-​vər How to pronounce thriver (audio) \ noun

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Same goes for the credit, if Ohio State continues to thrive. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Why Ohio State football’s Justin Fields enters 2020 as the Heisman Trophy favorite," 15 Dec. 2019 After discovering her niche via 2008’s Quantum, Kurylenko continues to thrive in action roles. Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, "How Olga Kurylenko Won 'Bond' and Narrowly Lost 'Wonder Woman'," 8 Dec. 2019 In a world where social clubs are slowly dying out, Miller is optimistic the Antelope Club will continue to thrive. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "Women gained full membership to Antelope Club 7 years ago. Now it has a female president.," 3 Dec. 2019 The new fashion line comes with old-fashioned values: the Seawolves continue to thrive with a havoc-creating defense — and a deep bench that allows them to deploy it for an entire game. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Seawolves pass early season test with win over 23rd-ranked Westminster," 24 Nov. 2019 But since New York City lifted the minimum wage to $15 per hour nearly a year ago, the restaurant industry in New York City has continued to thrive. Bryan Keogh, The Conversation, "Democrats debate health care, farmers and minimum wage: 4 essential reads – and a chart," 21 Nov. 2019 Despite five months of protests that have hammered Hong Kong’s economy, the local stock market continues to thrive. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "Two Thirds of China’s Executives Would Rather IPO at Home Than in the U.S.," 20 Nov. 2019 The bones and joints may be a bit older and some speed and flexibility may have been sacrificed, but the passion and love of the game continues to thrive among the close-knit hockey community. Emmett Hall,, "Old Guys Hockey League Blues celebrate winning Over 40 title," 15 Nov. 2019 Though keeping whales and dolphins in captivity at entertainment facilities has fallen out of favor in some parts of the world, the practice continues to thrive in China. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Russia Frees Last Belugas from Notorious ‘Whale Jail’," 13 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of thrive was in the 13th century

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17 Jan 2020

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“Thrive.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of thrive

: to grow or develop successfully : to flourish or succeed


\ ˈthrīv How to pronounce thrive (audio) \
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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