thrive

verb
\ 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 on thrives on conflict

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Other Words from thrive

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

Synonyms for thrive

Synonyms

burgeon (also bourgeon), flourish, prosper

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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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On the heels of her divorce, Amy turned her favorite family recipes into a business, Amy's Little Kitchen — and a thriving one at that. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Amy Roloff's Net Worth Goes Way Beyond 'Little People, Big World'," 2 Apr. 2019 While a few at the top have maintained their cultural cachet, many once-thriving fests like Sasquatch! Michael Rietmulder, The Seattle Times, "Brandi Carlile and ODESZA look to break megafest mold with Mexico getaway concerts," 22 Jan. 2019 Sarah and Eric’s thriving careers will keep them off the golf greens in the coming months, though. Marie Milano, Country Living, "'NCIS: LA' Star Eric Christian Olsen and His Wife Sarah Wright Are the Cutest Couple Ever," 20 Jan. 2019 Tumblr is a crucial, still-thriving part of internet culture. Aja Romano, Vox, "Tumblr’s adult content ban is already harming the site’s vibrant community.," 5 Dec. 2018 Prices range from $200 to $400 for designer items and from $90 to $200 for label-less finds—fairly approachable, especially when compared to high-end designer vintage retailers like ReSee and The Real Real that are thriving right now. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Step Inside Wilde Shop, Copenhagen’s Wildly Creative New Vintage Mecca," 18 Mar. 2019 Yeast is like a jungle plant that thrives in damp, warm environments. Isadora Baum, SELF, "8 Reasons Your Vulva or Vagina Might Get All Swollen," 30 Nov. 2018 In many ways, O’Rourke is running a very modern campaign that thrives on social media. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Voters snub house members looking to move up," 3 Aug. 2018 Freshen Up With Plants and Art Filling your interior space with beautiful plants that thrive in indoor conditions is the most literal way to bring in nature, but what if your potted plant gardening skills aren’t in tip-top shape? Alexis Jonnson, Good Housekeeping, "3 Nature-Inspired Ways to Transform Your Home," 18 July 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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The first known use of thrive was in the 13th century

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thrive

verb

English Language Learners Definition of thrive

: to grow or develop successfully : to flourish or succeed

thrive

verb
\ 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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