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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To thrived
World English Dictionary
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]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
Nothing she tried thrived in the dark and difficult space.
With regular watering and periodic feeding with fish emulsion, the plants
She has lived and thrived only by repeated subjugations.
College was where she had always wanted to be, and she had thrived there.
Related Words
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature