thrive

verb
\ 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 on thrives on conflict

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Other Words from thrive

thriver \ ˈthrī-​vər How to pronounce thriver (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for thrive

Synonyms

burgeon (also bourgeon), flourish, prosper

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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

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Harmful algae blooms that thrive in higher temperatures can cause gastrointestinal problems, too. Emily Holden, Scientific American, "Climate Change Is Having Widespread Health Impacts," 16 Sep. 2019 Across the continent, cultures that had thrived for hundreds of years were nearly wiped away. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "IT: Chapter Two and the Great American Tradition of Selling Native Spirituality," 16 Sep. 2019 Examine the unusual plant species that thrive above the tree line on a visit to the Alpine Garden with local botanists. National Geographic, "Swiss and French Alps Expedition: Mountain Adventure," 15 Sep. 2019 The most obvious path was a constant competition between nations and individuals to see who could thrive in this new climate regime, with luckier places turning themselves into fortresses above the flood. Bill Mckibben, Time, "Hello From the Year 2050. We Avoided the Worst of Climate Change — But Everything Is Different," 12 Sep. 2019 From Drake to Beyonce, the American photographer has captured some of the most iconic moments in music over the past 18 years and has become entwined in the culture that thrives within the hip-hop industry. Ben Church And Thomas Collins, CNN, "Famed hip-hop photographer highlights soccer's black culture," 11 Sep. 2019 Both teams have junior quarterbacks who have thrived through three weeks. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Week 4 Indiana high school football predictions: Brownsburg-Avon, Cathedral-Chatard and more," 11 Sep. 2019 That may be especially true for workers with disabilities or other barriers to employment who thrive once given a job — but who struggle to get that chance in all but the strongest job markets. Ben Casselman, New York Times, "In a Tight Labor Market, a Disability May Not Be a Barrier," 5 Sep. 2019 Often times, those who thrive on restoring classic cars also enjoy painting them in vivid colors that make one do a double take. Annie Gentile, courant.com, "Car And Bike Show A Good Time For A Worthy Cause," 5 Sep. 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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thrive

verb

English Language Learners Definition of thrive

: to grow or develop successfully : to flourish or succeed

thrive

verb
\ 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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