- a simple past tense of thrive.
- 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 throve
They grew and throve, and the silk they spun was twice as much as Kané had expected.
He throve; he became a professor; his wife bore him five children.Little Novels of Italy
Maurice Henry Hewlett
Thus, in spite of strange food and surroundings, the little one throve.Chatterbox, 1905.
She suckled and watched over it with great care, and it throve well.Anecdotes of Dogs
What son ever revolted even from the worst father, and throve in life?Lucretia, Complete
- a past tense of thrive
- to grow strongly and vigorously
- to do well; prosper
Word Origin and History for throve
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.