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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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Examples from the Web for thriven
Historical Examples
  • Indeed he seemed to have thriven artistically since her desertion!

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
  • You Italians have thriven on our commercial and industrial enterprise.

    England and Germany Emile Joseph Dillon
  • How the Oscars have thriven there since the first of them went to jail!

    'Charge It' Irving Bacheller
  • The herds have not thriven in the interior and have now all been withdrawn to the coast.

  • That you have thriven, I know, and you must teach me the way.'

    A Pair of Blue Eyes Thomas Hardy
  • I hope all fear is over about him now; he has thriven wonderfully of late.'

    Heartsease Charlotte M. Yonge
  • It has thriven every day since Charles Albert emancipated the Vaudois.

  • European civilization, transplanted to America, has thriven.

    The Prehistoric World E. A. Allen
  • It had thriven on the very tragedies that had brought her low.

    The Creators

    May Sinclair
  • I don't say I should have thriven as a backwoodsman; but I admire the type in Carnaby.

    The Whirlpool George Gissing
British Dictionary definitions for thriven


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 thriven



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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