\ 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 onthrives 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 That means creating an economic development plan that helps small businesses from restaurants to art galleries to festivals thrive, whether through zoning changes or capital. Globe Staff,, "We asked some of Boston’s leaders (who aren’t running for mayor) what the city’s next mayor should do. Here are their answers.," 9 Jan. 2021 Recommendation algorithms have divided the public sphere into myriad bubbles, in which hoaxes, crazes, and viral disinformation may thrive without being visible to outsiders at all. Hari Kunzru, Harpers Magazine, "Complexity," 5 Jan. 2021 Aaron Rodgers finally gets his first-round receiver in Toney, who would thrive with the open-field opportunities afforded to him by playing opposite Davante Adams. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "NFL mock draft 2021: Justin Fields, Zach Wilson among five QBs in first-round projection," 5 Jan. 2021 The gas is only made industrially or by microbes that thrive in oxygen-free environments. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "2020 in review: Top space stories of the year," 1 Jan. 2021 That could mean San Jose State defensive linemen Cade Hall and Viliami Fehoko will thrive. Steve Kroner,, "San Jose State, trying to complete unbeaten season, faces Ball State in Arizona Bowl," 30 Dec. 2020 Yoga teacher Pamela Eggleston shifted her teaching online, filming a self-care course for Yoga Journal to help people thrive during this challenging year. Melissa Rayworth, ajc, "Wiser resolutions? Lessons from COVID's unfulfilled ones," 29 Dec. 2020 Bring Change to Mind creates and advances innovative approaches and partnerships to start conversations around mental illness, share resources, and tell stories so everyone can thrive in a stigma-free world. Gabriel Kinder, CNN, "Get a jump on your New Year's resolutions by supporting these eight causes while donation matching is in effect," 29 Dec. 2020 Hill’s affinity for showing the darkness that can thrive in hearts shines in his depiction of the selfish, chilling Matson family. Oline H. Cogdill,, "Book review: A librarian as P.I. from an author to watch," 28 Dec. 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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15 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Thrive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 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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