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

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 \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for thrive


arrive, flourish, prosper, succeed



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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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Children who have special needs may require tailored learning environments to thrive, and unfortunately, many traditional public schools simply don’t have the resources or expertise to provide these environments. Damar Services, Indianapolis Star, "A peek inside Indiana’s first charter school specializing in serving students with special needs," 10 July 2018 Cyanobacteria thrives in water above 68 degrees and as long as nutrients are available can continue to grow, said Tim Davis, a Bowling Green State University molecular microbiologist who specializes in harmful algae blooms. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Political muscle halts release of Lake O's foul water. The reprieve won't last long," 9 July 2018 For New Yorker Robert Sullivan, the act of giving directions functions as a barometer of a city’s health, because at the heart of all urban environments, both ones that thrive and ones that fail, is something very basic: human interactions. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "How Brooklyn Lost Itself," 6 July 2018 Since partnering through the VA study, Caleb and Velvet are thriving as a team, and are also great ambassadors for Canine Companions, which until now has only served individuals with physical disabilities. Jennifer Williams, Fox News, "The Daily Spike: Make every day Independence Day," 6 July 2018 There is the same partiality for native plantings, plus plants that thrive in briny air, and other landscaping tricks to support resilience; the platform on which much of the park is built is ready for the next flood. Julie V. Iovine, WSJ, "Sweet Design on the Brooklyn Waterfront," 30 June 2018 One can imagine Árbenz’s democracy thriving through the second half of the 20th century, and serving as a model for its neighbors in the Northern Triangle. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "We Owe Central American Migrants Much More Than This," 21 June 2018 Cuz i Matter staff is confident that Valor with continue to fight to survive, learn, thrive and grow. Kelli Bender,, "Dog Survives Botched Euthanasia, Wakes Up Abandoned and Blind," 15 June 2018 By Jill Toyoshiba James believes caution should frame any such thinking, starting with the fact that the Sprint Center is thriving and last fall was named the eighth-busiest arena in the country. Vahe Gregorian, kansascity, "KC Mayor Sly James talks about possible NBA, NHL team in Kansas City," 13 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of thrive

: to grow or develop successfully : to flourish or succeed


\ˈthrīv \
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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