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thrive

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verb (used without object), thrived or throve, thrived or thriv·en [thriv-uh n] /ˈθrɪv ən/, thriv·ing.
  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; Middle English thriven < Old Norse thrīfast to thrive, reflexive of thrīfa to grasp
Related formsthriv·er, nounthriv·ing·ly, adverbun·thriv·ing, adjective

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1. advance. See succeed.
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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  • The herds have not thriven in the interior and have now all been withdrawn to the coast.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.'


British Dictionary definitions for thriven

thrive

verb thrives, thriving, thrived, throve, thrived or thriven (ˈθrɪvən) (intr)
  1. to grow strongly and vigorously
  2. to do well; prosper
Derived Formsthriver, nounthriving, adjectivethrivingly, adverb

Word Origin

C13: from Old Norse thrīfask to grasp for oneself, reflexive of thrīfa to grasp, of obscure origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for thriven

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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