\ 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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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 This lunar eclipse is squared by Jupiter in Pisces, a tense aspect between two signs ruled by Jupiter, two constellations that thrive on their relationships to others. Gala Mukomolova,, 26 May 2021 Philodendrons are easy-care houseplants that thrive in low light environs and can be counted on to bring life to indoor spaces. Southern Living, 24 May 2021 Capers are actually tiny flower buds from thorny shrubs that thrive in hot, dry climates. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, 21 May 2021 Like kid parents or pet parents, Griffin doesn't necessarily have a favorite houseplant, but there are a few top picks that thrive in their apartment. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, 19 May 2021 Energy and materials stocks are among the cyclical areas of the market that typically thrive as the economy revs up. Karen Langley, WSJ, 17 May 2021 The businesses that will thrive in the future will have the ability to be agile at their core. Joanna Swash, Forbes, 7 May 2021 Owusu-Koramoah is the kind of chess piece that could really thrive in a Belichick defense., 30 Apr. 2021 The goal is for small business owners to not only receive funding to survive the crisis, but also to receive consulting and technical assistance to build a sustainable business that will thrive, said Trejo of Wells Fargo. Roland Li, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Apr. 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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8 Jun 2021

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“Thrive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 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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