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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The fortunes of the men perish, but the town lives and thrives.

    Rides on Railways Samuel Sidney
  • Prosperity and freedom from care are the elements on which he thrives serenely.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • Shaw thrives on unpopularity or at least on public disapproval, which is not quite the same thing.

    Six Major Prophets Edwin Emery Slosson
  • Tobacco also thrives there, but comes to maturity with difficulty.

    The History of Louisiana Le Page Du Pratz
  • He is an inept critic who thrives by attaching his name to great reputations.

    The Critical Game John Albert Macy
British Dictionary definitions for thrives


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 thrives



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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