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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These men, and others, have contributed to a long-held—and false—belief that black boys can’t thrive as long as single mothers lead the families. Candice Benbow, Glamour, "When They See Us Finds Redemption for the Central Park Five—And for Their Mothers," 30 May 2019 Overall enrollment at colleges and universities is down for the seventh year in a row, continuing a trend that is putting pressure on many smaller schools even as some bigger schools thrive. Jake Holland, WSJ, "College Enrollments Fall Again, With Some Notable Exceptions," 30 May 2019 Why Australian fashion has become an industry where women can thrive probably has something to do with the clothes Aussie women covet. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Swim, Sunnies, and Sustainability—What’s Up at Sydney’s Annual Resort Fashion Week," 21 May 2019 If said tree were a year-round feature of the home, growing and thriving with time, that would be one thing. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Fake Christmas Trees Are the Future and That's a Good Thing for Everyone—and Their Carpets," 18 Dec. 2018 And what if, all the while, your lawn was thriving, with no wasted water? Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "This Clever Gadget Turns Your Existing Sprinkler System Into a Smart, Voice-Controlled Sprinkler," 16 May 2019 Big, who in the film is taught from a young age to strive toward responsibility, agreeability, and success, can’t thrive, or even survive, in a world that uses his desires as a way to subjugate him. Prince Shakur, Teen Vogue, ""Native Son" Reflects a World Where Young Black Men Are Often Set Up to Fail," 16 Apr. 2019 Green tea also thrives in the volcanic soil of Jeju; for 40 years, AmorePacific has cultivated green tea gardens on the island, engineering varieties to maximize their skin-protective properties. Jenny Bailly, Allure, "What I Learned About the State of K-Beauty in 2019 by Going Straight to the Source," 21 Mar. 2019 Capitalism thrives in free market societies, dictated by the private companies that are in competition. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "What is Capitalism?," 7 Jan. 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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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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