- to prosper; be fortunate or successful.
- to grow or develop vigorously; flourish: The children thrived in the country.
Origin of thrive
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Examples from the Web for thriven
Indeed he seemed to have thriven artistically since her desertion!Melomaniacs
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'
The herds have not thriven in the interior and have now all been withdrawn to the coast.Ten Thousand Miles with a Dog Sled
That you have thriven, I know, and you must teach me the way.'A Pair of Blue Eyes
- to grow strongly and vigorously
- to do well; prosper
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.