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[ thrahyv ]

verb (used without object)

thrivingthrived or throve [throhv], thrived or thriven [thriv, -, uh, n],
  1. to prosper; be fortunate or successful.

    Synonyms: advance

  2. to grow or develop vigorously; flourish:

    The children thrived in the country.

verb phrase

  1. to do particularly well under specified conditions:

    Some plants are adapted to thrive on rainwater alone.

    She thrives on drama and chaos.


/ θraɪv /


  1. to grow strongly and vigorously
  2. to do well; prosper

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Derived Forms

  • ˈthrivingly, adverb
  • ˈthriver, noun
  • ˈthriving, adjective

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Other Words From

  • thriv·er noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of thrive1

First recorded in 1150–1200; Middle English thriven, from Old Norse thrīfast “to thrive,” reflexive of thrīfa “to grasp”

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Word History and Origins

Origin of thrive1

C13: from Old Norse thrīfask to grasp for oneself, reflexive of thrīfa to grasp, of obscure origin

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Synonym Study

See succeed.

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Example Sentences

In 2012, Hurricane Sandy blasted through the remaining dunes, completely flooding what had once been a thriving ecosystem.

A virus may thrive in cold, dry conditions, as is the case for influenza.

Buy your pass today, dig deep and discover the people, tools and advice that can help your business thrive.

Sometimes, demanding to thrive is the very best way to survive.

Nevertheless, they survived and thrived for nearly 40 years.

From Fortune

Casino resorts thrive in the Bahamas and have a presence in almost every port of call for hundreds of miles.

Turtles, fish, ospreys and rare freshwater sharks and sawfish thrive there.

And in a city with large slums and poor sanitation, rats can thrive easily, fleas and all, to spread the plague.

They thrive on packed schedules, they say, and take pleasure in working around the clock.

It is doubtful that any Churchill-like figure—were one available—could thrive.

Like many other Yankee notions, it did not thrive here, and the humming of those bees soon ceased.

The garden produces European as well as Brazilian vegetables, in great perfection: Fruit-trees also thrive very well.

Most of the European vegetables have been introduced, and thrive exceedingly well, especially the potato.

Thus, by God's blessing, ends this book of two years; I being in all points in good health and a good way to thrive and do well.

A cow-brute won't thrive in close quarters; they're better off with jist a wind-break en rain-shelter.


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More About Thrive

What does thrive mean?

To thrive is to grow and develop strongly.

This sense of the word can be applied to people as well as other living things, including animals and plants.

Thrive can also mean to be successful, to be fulfilled, or to develop successfully.

Both senses of thrive are often discussed alongside the specific conditions, environment, or situation that allow or help someone or something to thrive. For example, babies thrive in loving homes with the proper nutrition and care. Wild animals tend to thrive when their natural habitat is preserved. Plants thrive when they receive the right amount of sunlight and water. A person might begin to thrive in their career when they work at a place where their talents are appreciated and they’re given the freedom to try new things.

The adjective thriving can be used to describe someone or something that is developing successfully or that is being successful.

Example: Being around other creative people really helps my writing thrive.

Where does thrive come from?

The first records of the word thrive come from the 1100s. It comes from the Old Norse word thrīfask, meaning “to grasp for oneself.”

To thrive isn’t just to survive or get by—it’s to grow strong, to be successful. Some people find it hard to adapt to new or unfamiliar environments, but some people thrive in them. When the term is used in the context of infants, it typically involves physical development—like proper growth and weight gain. When it’s used in the context of children, it usually involves both physical and emotional development. When it’s used in the context of adults, it usually involves emotional stability and professional success.

Sometimes, bad things thrive. Diseases thrive in environments with poor sanitation. Corruption thrives in places without oversight.

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What are some other forms of thrive?

  • thriving (adjective)
  • thrivingly (adverb)
  • thriver (noun)

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How is thrive used in real life?

The word thrive is commonly used in the discussion of healthy development and success.



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Which of the following words is an antonym (opposite) of thrive?

A. suffer
B. struggle
C. falter
D. all of the above