verb (used without object), thrived or throve, thrived or thriv·en [thriv-uhn] /ˈθrɪv ən/, thriv·ing.
Origin of thrive
Examples from the Web for thrive
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.How the Property Brothers Became Your Mom’s Favorite TV Stars|Kevin Fallon|November 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is doubtful that any Churchill-like figure—were one available—could thrive.
But Walters—who sees the show as her legacy and wants it to thrive—was enthusiastic.
Oil palms are tropical trees and thrive in rainforests, some of the regions on Earth with the highest biodiversity.Our Taste for Cheap Palm Oil Is Killing Chimpanzees|Carrie Arnold|July 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They are best suited for chalk districts or rocky ones, where they thrive most luxuriantly, and make a very brilliant display.The Wild Garden|William Robinson
The garden produces European as well as Brazilian vegetables, in great perfection: Fruit-trees also thrive very well.Journal of a Voyage to Brazil|Maria Graham
This plant will thrive best in a deep, rich soil, where there is plenty of moisture.The Vegetable Garden|Anonymous
A few hours' work in the garden,—surely that is a pleasure, watching the fair green things spring and thrive under your care.The Ward of King Canute|Ottilie A. Liljencrantz
Horses and cattle keep their condition fairly, but sheep do not thrive; the country is quite unsuited to them.The Overland Expedition of The Messrs. Jardine|Frank Jardine and Alexander Jardine
British Dictionary definitions for thrive
verb thrives, thriving, thrived, throve, thrived or thriven (ˈθrɪvən) (intr)
Word Origin for thrive
Word Origin and History for thrive
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.