\ 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 Bathe in the blue mineral waters of a natural thermal pool surrounded by black lava beds, and visit Akureyri, a thriving modern city set along a fjord. National Geographic, "Iceland Expedition: Land of Fire and Ice," 15 Sep. 2019 Once home to Houston's Chinatown, East Downtown (EaDo) is a bustling neighborhood with an eclectic mix of art galleries and several thriving businesses. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Where to eat and drink in EaDo," 10 Sep. 2019 Here are two lists for dance lovers looking to decide what to put on their calendars this fall, one featuring visitors, the other some of the gifted groups on our thriving local dance scene. Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities, "Fall Arts Guide: From local companies to visiting troupes, lots of reasons to give dance a spin," 8 Sep. 2019 The union’s public campaign has focused attention on Kaiser’s thriving financial results of $2.5 billion in net income on $79.7 billion in operating revenue last year. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Kaiser’s bitter contract talks could jeopardize its 20-year partnership with labor," 6 Sep. 2019 It’s no surprise to us that our city’s thriving food scene came out on top. Birmingham Magazine, al, "Birmingham magazine’s Best and Worst of Birmingham," 3 Sep. 2019 The now-thriving landscape is once again vulnerable to poaching. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Sustainable Design Is Changing Hotels, Cruises, and Even Safaris," 23 Aug. 2019 In contrast, European countries enjoy a larger, thriving market of biosimilars that are sold at a fraction of the U.S. cost. Kaiser Health News,, "New snakebite antidote drives competition, but costs will still bite," 18 Aug. 2019 All the while, the once-thriving middle class is fading fast. Tatiana Siegel, The Hollywood Reporter, "How Film Producers Became the New Expendables: "There's Panic and Confusion"," 15 Aug. 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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24 Oct 2019

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The first known use of thrive was in the 13th century

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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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