\ 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 In the nineteen-twenties, the federal government passed a bill protecting coöperatives from antitrust laws, and during the Great Depression, when need bound people together, co-ops thrived. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, "The Grocery Store Where Produce Meets Politics," 18 Nov. 2019 But the ever-increasing competition for venue availability meant that concert sites of all sizes and structures thrived, and in an era of declining album sales amid streaming's rise, concerts remain unique, and uniquely bankable, experiences. Eric Frankenberg, Billboard, "The Decade in Touring: Trans-Atlantic Arenas Dominate, Led by London's O2 Arena," 15 Nov. 2019 At 6-foot-3, 194 pounds, Dean has the physical tools to thrive, but needs to find a home in the Gators’ defense. Edgar Thompson,, "10 things we learned from Gators rout of Vanderbilt," 8 Nov. 2019 One thing that still mystifies Raia and Diniz-Filho is how these hominids, with tiny, chimp-sized brains, thrived for so long on the islands. Fox News, "Prehistoric 'hobbit' mystery may have been solved," 4 Nov. 2019 Museums are regularly mounting significant exhibitions—including this fall’s Francis Bacon retrospective at the Pompidou Center—and the gallery scene is thriving. William Middleton, Town & Country, "Is Brexit Going to Cause a Crisis in the London Art Scene?," 4 Nov. 2019 Colonial governments had done little to create the conditions under which democratic politics could take hold and thrive. Jonathan Fisher, Quartz Africa, "How colonial rule committed Africa to fragile authoritarianism," 2 Nov. 2019 Kielo Growth, based in a sunny bungalow near the Technology Village behind the university, is one such incubator that helps small startups to thrive, through a combination of private investment and public support. Natasha Frost, Quartz, "Nokia’s collapse turned a sleepy town in Finland into an internet wonderland," 29 Oct. 2019 While other types of technology companies must typically invest and innovate to thrive, voting machine manufacturers have shown little similar inclination. Jessica Huseman, ProPublica, "The Market for Voting Machines Is Broken. This Company Has Thrived in It.," 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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21 Nov 2019

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“Thrive.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 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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