\ 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

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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 Mystic’s artists continue to thrive today in local galleries such as Finer Line, Trade Winds, Studio Jeffrey P’an, and Betsy Barry Art. Kathleen Squires, Condé Nast Traveler, "An Oceanside Getaway to Mystic, Connecticut, and Greenport, New York," 22 Mar. 2021 Developing nations still don’t have access to the drugs, and the coronavirus might continue to thrive and develop new mutants in those regions. Chris Smith, BGR, "FIndings of new study could be game-changing for coronavirus vaccines," 11 Mar. 2021 Susan MacManus, a professor emerita of political science at the University of South Florida, said that voting by mail will continue to thrive despite GOP attempts to restrict it in Florida and nationwide. Steven Lemongello,, "Florida GOP leaders seek to ban election drop boxes in latest voter restriction plan," 10 Mar. 2021 While many people opt to plan their own holidays, according to Club Med, travel agents continue to thrive as specialists in areas such as sustainable travel, long-haul and ski trips. Kaitlyn Mcinnis, Forbes, "These Are The Most Searched Travel Questions Right Now," 26 Feb. 2021 After all, legends about witches only continue to thrive if human beings believe fully in what their eyes, and their camera lenses, don’t see. Alison Willmore, Vulture, "The 101 Greatest Endings in Movies History," 22 Feb. 2021 Givens believes fashion will continue to thrive throughout this pandemic. Alexis Oatman, cleveland, "Is the coronavirus pandemic causing us to become an athleisure society? We asked local fashion experts and brands," 31 Dec. 2020 The Blazers survived a tough stretch of injuries and have found ways to actually thrive. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, "NBA power rankings: Portland Trail Blazers slip after 1-2 week, but CJ McCollum is back," 17 Mar. 2021 Miami's Jimmy Butler is one of the league's few players who thrive in the mid-range game. Tim Reynolds, Star Tribune, "The NBA returns: 10 things to know entering the second half," 10 Mar. 2021

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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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9 Apr 2021

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“Thrive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 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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