- 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
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1. advance. See succeed.
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- to grow strongly and vigorously
- to do well; prosper
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 thriver
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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