- to prosper; be fortunate or successful.
- to grow or develop vigorously; flourish: The children thrived in the country.
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Examples from the Web for thrive
And in a city with large slums and poor sanitation, rats can thrive easily, fleas and all, to spread the plague.Bubonic Plague Is Back (but It Never Really Left)
November 27, 2014
They thrive on packed schedules, they say, and take pleasure in working around the clock.How the Property Brothers Became Your Mom’s Favorite TV Stars
November 25, 2014
It is doubtful that any Churchill-like figure—were one available—could thrive.Boris Johnson’s Churchill Man Crush
Michael F. Bishop
November 22, 2014
But Walters—who sees the show as her legacy and wants it to thrive—was enthusiastic.
Oil palms are tropical trees and thrive in rainforests, some of the regions on Earth with the highest biodiversity.Our Taste for Cheap Palm Oil Is Killing Chimpanzees
July 11, 2014
“I had rather study than thrive,” said Ambrose rather dreamily.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
In cool rooms, not above 60 to 65 degrees by day, they thrive.The Mayflower, January, 1905
The common practice is to keep them under hand-glasses, but they will thrive better under a reed fence, placed sloping over them.
Some people are apt to think, the more plentifully they eat and drink, the better they thrive, and the stronger they grow.
And if there's more than you expected, all the better for you—some of 'em'll be sure to thrive anyhow.
- to grow strongly and vigorously
- to do well; prosper
Word Origin and History for thrive
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.