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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 of thrive
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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  • Never was the trade in slaves between States so thriving as during the winter of 1860.

    The Boys of '61 Charles Carleton Coffin.
  • That you are here happy and thriving proves that all is not as it should be.

    They and I Jerome K. Jerome
  • At this time the village numbered about 250 inhabitants with a populous community of thriving farmers surrounding it.

  • The town was large and thriving, and looked like a pleasant one.

    Eyebright Susan Coolidge
  • Weekly washing with soap and a brush adds wonderfully to the thriving condition of a hog.

    Sheep, Swine, and Poultry Robert Jennings
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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