thrive

verb \ ˈthrīv \
Updated on: 15 Feb 2018

Definition of thrive

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

thriver

play \ˈthrī-vər\ noun

Examples of thrive in a Sentence

  1. these plants thrive with relatively little sunlight

  2. going to a school for gifted students will help him thrive as a musical prodigy

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Origin and Etymology of thrive

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

thrive Synonyms

Antonyms

fail;

Near Antonyms

flounder, struggle;

Related Words

prevail, triumph, win;

excel;

Phrases

come into one's own, cut it, cut the mustard, get ahead, get somewhere, get there, hack it, hit it big, make good, make it, make one's mark, make the grade;



THRIVE Defined for English Language Learners

thrive

verb

Definition of thrive for English Language Learners

  • : to grow or develop successfully : to flourish or succeed


THRIVE Defined for Kids

thrive

verb \ ˈthrīv \

Definition of thrive for Students

thrived or throve \ˈthrōv\; thrived also thriven \ˈthri-vən\; thriving \ˈthrī-viŋ\
: to grow or develop very well : flourish
  • Cacti thrive in dry conditions.
  • Business is thriving.


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