verb (used without object), thrived or throve, thrived or thriven [thriv-uhn] , thriving.
to prosper; be fortunate or successful.
to grow or develop vigorously; flourish: The children thrived in the country.

1150–1200; Middle English thriven < Old Norse thrīfast to thrive, reflexive of thrīfa to grasp

thriver, noun
thrivingly, adverb
unthriving, adjective

1. advance. See succeed. Unabridged
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thrive (θraɪv)
vb , thrives, thriving, thrived, throve, thrived, thriven
1.  to grow strongly and vigorously
2.  to do well; prosper
[C13: from Old Norse thrīfask to grasp for oneself, reflexive of thrīfa to grasp, of obscure origin]

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Word Origin & History

c.1200, from O.N. þrifask "to thrive," originally "grasp to oneself," probably from O.N. þrifa "to clutch, grasp, grip" (cf. Swed. trifvas, Dan. trives "to thrive, flourish"), of unknown origin.
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Example sentences
The climate is fantastic, and cross-border business is thriving.
Biologists have controlled the coyote population, and the wolves are thriving.
The skeleton was a thriving oasis in a vast, desertlike expanse.
There are plenty of examples of paid content thriving even when free
  alternatives are available.
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