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[thrahyv] /θraɪv/
verb (used without object), thrived or throve, thrived or thriven
[thriv-uh n] /ˈθrɪv ən/ (Show IPA),
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
Related forms
thriver, noun
thrivingly, adverb
unthriving, adjective
1. advance. See succeed. Unabridged
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  • Nothing she tried thrived in the dark and difficult space.
  • With regular watering and periodic feeding with fish emulsion, the plants thrived.
  • She has lived and thrived only by repeated subjugations.
  • College was where she had always wanted to be, and she had thrived there.
  • Few had actually thrived in the course, and even fewer had any concrete plans about what to do after it was finished.
  • He thrived on the sharp, metallic taste of impending doom.
  • Yet, many junior faculty thrived there b/c outside of the dept the resources were excellent and it was an exciting place to be.
  • Ours only really thrived once the other herbs were done for the season.
  • The private sector of the higher education industry has thrived, in part because of its innovation and accessibility.
  • Plants thrived together there that have not been found together anywhere else.
British Dictionary definitions for thrived


verb (intransitive) thrives, thriving, thrived, throve, thrived, thriven (ˈθrɪvən)
to grow strongly and vigorously
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 thrived



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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