thrive

verb
\ 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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Other Words from thrive

thriver \ ˈthrī-​vər \ 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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Plus, Goop continues to thrive, and Dr. Oz became a White House health council adviser. Julia Belluz, Vox, "7 bad science and health ideas that should die with 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 The Chicago scene continued to thrive, and groups like Air and Eight Bold Souls won acclaim in the decades after the Art Ensemble formed. Martin Johnson, WSJ, "‘The Art Ensemble of Chicago and Associated Ensembles’ Review: First-Rate Riffs From the Second City," 3 Dec. 2018 Deceptive information about issues and candidates continued to thrive on Facebook, Twitter, and elsewhere. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Four ways the internet changed the midterm elections," 7 Nov. 2018 Urban Decay will continue to thrive in Naked’s memory and honor—just wait and see. Zoe Weiner, Glamour, "Whoa: Urban Decay Is Discontinuing Its Iconic Naked Palette," 23 Aug. 2018 Urban Decay will continue to thrive in NAKED’s memory and honor — just wait and see. Zoe Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Urban Decay Has Announced the End of Its Naked Palette," 23 Aug. 2018 Tech continues to thrive, but tech grows at the expense of older parts of the economy. Roland Li, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area economy growing nearly twice as fast as rest of U.S.," 10 July 2018 While the victory over the Lakers was a breakthrough for Robinson, returning wing Derrick Jones Jr. continued to thrive in this first summer stint with the Heat. Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Undrafted Michigan forward Duncan Robinson making Heat case in summer league," 4 July 2018 The brand long thrived with images of busty supermodels and padded bras retailing at prices topping $50, but competitors have moved in with cheaper options and more-natural styles. Khadeeja Safdar, WSJ, "Retail Report Card for 2018: From Walmart to Tiffany’s," 29 Dec. 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 \
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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