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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.
Origin of thrive
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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  • In fact, it is in the best interest of any administration that each and every one of its programs thrives.
  • Under the threat of litigation, scientists cannot test a seed to explore the different conditions under which it thrives or fails.
  • When a mutation produces a feature that is advantageous that organism survives and thrives, and it's kind persists.
  • If anything, since then the use of chemicals has become much more widespread and the robin still thrives.
  • The world of letters not only transcends these technological changes-it thrives because of them.
  • For this reason jazz, within the realm of music, thrives on endless exploration and ceaseless discovery.
  • It thrives on talk, and it blithely waltzes through contradictions.
  • Creativity rarely thrives in an environment where colleagues are pitted against one another.
  • Inside, a bounty of produce thrives under the supervision of a computer-controlled network of sensors, motors and plumbing.
  • Brightworks thrives on that idea, reveling in the lessons learned from failure as much as mastering challenges.
British Dictionary definitions for thrives


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 thrives



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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