\ ˈthrīv How to pronounce thrive (audio) \
thrived or throve\ ˈthrōv How to pronounce thrive (audio) \; thrived also thriven\ ˈthri-​vən How to pronounce thrive (audio) \; thriving\ ˈthrī-​viŋ How to pronounce thrive (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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thriver \ ˈthrī-​vər How to pronounce thrive (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 While other record labels around the world have found growth through streaming during the coronavirus pandemic, Big Hit Entertainment, home to superstar group BTS, has continued to thrive the old-fashioned way: by selling albums and merchandise. Glenn Peoples, Billboard, "Breaking Down BTS Label Big Hit's 2020 Earnings," 23 Feb. 2021 This year, however, his position flexibility would be tested like never before as his team continued to thrive while battling injuries up front all season. Mark Craig, Star Tribune, "Mounds View High grad Billy Turner is one Packer you can pull for," 23 Jan. 2021 While Zappos continued to thrive, Hsieh stepped down as chief executive in August, after 20 years leading the company. Sam Dean, Los Angeles Times, "Tony Hsieh is gone, but his Las Vegas vision is finding new life," 12 Dec. 2020 But the passageways were built wide, to accommodate a scooter culture that continued to thrive. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Toy Story’ at the start," 25 Nov. 2020 Even after the loss of one of its leaders, the productivity pr0n movement continued to thrive because the overload culture that had inspired it continued to worsen. Cal Newport, The New Yorker, "The Rise and Fall of Getting Things Done," 17 Nov. 2020 Ramsey, whom experts predict to be a late-first or early-second rounder, continued to thrive in-state, averaging 15 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.3 steals a game as a Texas Tech rookie. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, "The 2020 NBA draft is primed to be the best — and biggest — in Dallas high school basketball history," 13 Nov. 2020 The Streicher firm continued to thrive under her son, Johann Baptiste, and then her grandson, Emil, who built pianos for Brahms. Patricia Morrisroe, New York Times, "The Woman Who Built Beethoven’s Pianos," 6 Nov. 2020 How long English sanctuary would have continued to thrive amid the centralization of the Tudor monarchy, and with similar trends underway elsewhere, may be an unproductive question. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, The New York Review of Books, "The Revival of Church Sanctuary," 3 Nov. 2020

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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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4 Mar 2021

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“Thrive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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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