\ 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 onthrives on conflict

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thriver \ ˈthrī-​vər How to pronounce thriver (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 While cows can thrive in inclement weather, their milk production might slow in an effort to prepare for cold winter conditions that farm animals, who are reliably fed and cared for every day, just don’t have to contend with in reality. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "We Should Explain Why This Cow Is Wearing a VR Headset," 26 Nov. 2019 Work also happens to provide many of the conditions that can help friendships thrive. Brianna Holt, Quartz at Work, "Can friendships between men and women at work promote gender equality?," 25 Nov. 2019 The student organization targeted in the football players' conversation, Black Male Empowerment, was founded in 2017 by Dennis Beale, a UW-Eau Claire employee, to help African-American men thrive in college and combat stereotypes. Devi Shastri, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "UW-Eau Claire suspends five football players for racist Snapchat conversation that used KKK image," 20 Nov. 2019 Amid all these challenges, CAC leaders say their field is thriving in Cuyahoga. Grant Segall, cleveland, "A changing Cuyahoga Arts and Culture makes few changes in organizational grants," 13 Nov. 2019 That is one reason nationalist populism thrives more openly in the former East. Katrin Bennhold, New York Times, "Germany Has Been Unified for 30 Years. Its Identity Still Is Not.," 9 Nov. 2019 Between 25 and about 15 million years ago, the possums’ closest relatives thrived in the forests, Archer says. Tim Vernimmen, National Geographic, "To save a species on the brink, look to where its ancestors thrived," 6 Nov. 2019 Brian Beal, a biologist at the University of Maine at Machias who studies green crabs’ particularly severe damage to soft-shell clam fisheries, says these animals thrive in warmer waters. Laura Poppick, Scientific American, "Harm to Table: Turning an Invasive Crab into a Delicacy," 30 Oct. 2019 The team proposes that people with the L0 mtDNA thrived in their Kalahari homeland until about 130,000 to 110,000 years ago, when climate change opened green corridors to the northeast and southwest. Ann Gibbons, Science | AAAS, "Experts question study claiming to pinpoint birthplace of all humans," 28 Oct. 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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5 Dec 2019

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“Thrive.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 5 December 2019.

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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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