\ 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 And more than 316,000 of them thrive across the country, according to a 2020 survey recently released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). Susan Cosier, Scientific American, "Ecologists Saved Bald Eagles with Helicopter Parenting," 30 Apr. 2021 Booming genres like Afrofuturism (which meshes African culture with science fiction) reflect worlds envisioned by Black activists: Worlds in which existing power structures are dismantled and Black people thrive. Los Angeles Times, "Yes, lots of comics were racist. A new generation of Black artists is reinventing them," 29 Apr. 2021 Did any director thrive in the studio system quite as much as Michael Curtiz? Keith Phipps, Vulture, "The Best Movies That Lost Best Picture at the Oscars," 27 Apr. 2021 With a climate characterized by dry summers and wet winters, vineyards thrive here, growing cinsaut, merlot, and alicante, along with smaller yields of chenin blanc and chardonnay. Love Akinkunle, Travel + Leisure, "5 Amazing Wine Destinations in Africa for Delicious Drinks and Beautiful Views," 24 Apr. 2021 Executives must plan how their companies will adjust—and thrive—in a net-zero economy. Dickon Pinner, Fortune, "Time is running out for business leaders who don’t have a ‘net zero’ strategy," 22 Apr. 2021 In making these beds, feel free to expand into lawn areas; a lawn in wet, compacted soil will never thrive. Washington Post, "How to turn the wet, soggy areas of a garden from a problem to an asset," 21 Apr. 2021 As Malcom Gore, senior gardener for the Trust for Governors Island, explained it, the trees will thrive better with such landscaping efforts. Charles Passy, WSJ, "Who Is Moving Into New York City Now? Sheep," 20 Apr. 2021 Impossible, James Bond and presumably Avatar) to thrive alongside the Chinese biggies. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, "Disney Can’t Depend On China To Make ‘Shang-Chi’ A Hit," 20 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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3 May 2021

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“Thrive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 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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