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thrive

[thrahyv] /θraɪv/
verb (used without object), thrived or throve, thrived or thriven
[thriv-uh n] /ˈθrɪv ən/ (Show IPA),
thriving.
1.
to prosper; be fortunate or successful.
2.
to grow or develop vigorously; flourish:
The children thrived in the country.
Origin
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English thriven < Old Norse thrīfast to thrive, reflexive of thrīfa to grasp
Related forms
thriver, noun
thrivingly, adverb
unthriving, adjective
Synonyms
1. advance. See succeed.
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  • Your theaters thrive on what is given to them by rich people.
  • Colleges and universities can only thrive if society and the biosphere are healthy.
  • Scientists thrive in a critical world of skeptical peers who continually punch holes in their work and drive them to improve it.
  • The students who thrive are not necessarily the ones who come in with the perfect scores.
  • They want somebody who wants to be there and who will thrive in the position.
  • The latter meant that colleges could thrive on borrowed money they would never have to repay.
British Dictionary definitions for thrive

thrive

/θraɪv/
verb (intransitive) thrives, thriving, thrived, throve, thrived, thriven (ˈθrɪvən)
1.
to grow strongly and vigorously
2.
to do well; prosper
Derived Forms
thriver, noun
thriving, adjective
thrivingly, adverb
Word Origin
C13: from Old Norse thrīfask to grasp for oneself, reflexive of thrīfa to grasp, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for thrive
v.

c.1200, from Old Norse þrifask "to thrive," originally "grasp to oneself," probably from Old Norse þrifa "to clutch, grasp, grip" (cf. Swedish trifvas, Danish trives "to thrive, flourish"), of unknown origin. Related: Thrived; thriving.

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