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
Ports and airports, farms and factories will thrive with trade and innovation
  and ideas.
There's also the threat of pathogens that could thrive in crowded pens and
  escape to harm natural fish populations.
Cancers cells do lengthen their telomeres to survive and thrive, but those are
  not normal cells and are already cancer cells.
Whether an idea arises uniquely or reappears many times, it may thrive in the
  meme pool or it may dwindle and vanish.
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