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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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Examples for thriving
  • The climate is fantastic, and cross-border business is thriving.
  • Biologists have controlled the coyote population, and the wolves are thriving.
  • The skeleton was a thriving oasis in a vast, desertlike expanse.
  • There are plenty of examples of paid content thriving even when free alternatives are available.
  • They found oases of animals thriving in the sunless depths around hydrothermal vents.
  • But deer are also thriving because of the ways people have carved up the countryside, unwittingly creating prime deer habitat.
  • Experience the world of this thriving religious community.
  • Yet beneath the bandages, globalisation is thriving.
  • Now, however, the gray seals are thriving while harbor seal populations are plummeting.
  • Three decades later, gold is once again thriving on despair.
British Dictionary definitions for thriving

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 thriving

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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