SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN verb (used without object), thrived or throve, thrived or thriv·en , [ thriv- uhn] /ˈθrɪv ən/ thriv·ing. 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 thriv·er, noun thriv·ing·ly, adverb un·thriv·ing, adjective
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Examples from the Web for thrivers Historical Examples of thrivers British Dictionary definitions for thrivers verb thrives, thriving, thrived, throve, thrived or thriven ( ˈθrɪv) ən (intr) to grow strongly and vigorously to do well; prosper Derived Forms thriver, noun thriving, adjective thrivingly, adverb Word Origin for thrive
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 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.
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