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thrive

[thrahyv]
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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 thrivers

Historical Examples

  • From this table we see that the thrivers of Scotland are threble thribers in Derbyshire.

    Comparative Studies in Nursery Rhymes

    Lina Eckenstein


British Dictionary definitions for thrivers

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
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Word Origin and History for thrivers

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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