\ 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 on thrives on conflict

Other Words from thrive

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 Ōkawara managed the first KFC franchise in Japan and made up the faux-American tradition to help the franchise thrive. Christopher Tompkins, Forbes, 4 Aug. 2022 But the local nomadic pastoralists have managed to exist, even thrive, in harsh conditions for centuries. Sam Kiley, CNN, 2 Aug. 2022 Aldermen approved the Re-Start Retention Grant Program designed to provide grants to businesses to stay afloat and thrive in Aurora. Steve Lord, Chicago Tribune, 28 July 2022 Fools tend to be shape-shifters who thrive at thresholds and boundaries. Wired, 28 July 2022 French producers say mustard-seed-eating insects, which thrive in warmer temperatures, are also foiling crops. Annabelle Timsit, Washington Post, 27 July 2022 At Acadia National Park, for example, invasive, brambly shrubs thrive in warm weather and produce leaves early in the spring, creating shade that prevents young native trees from growing. The Week Staff, The Week, 24 July 2022 On radio and on TikTok today, the songs that thrive are simultaneously conversational and anthemic, harmonically straightforward while also information-dense. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 19 July 2022 Lutu said the trees are a native species that would thrive in the city’s climate. Angelina Hicks, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 July 2022 See More

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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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“Thrive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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\ 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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