thrive

[thrahyv]

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 formsthriv·er, nounthriv·ing·ly, adverbun·thriv·ing, adjective

Synonyms for thrive

1. advance. See succeed.
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thrive

verb thrives, thriving, thrived, throve, thrived or thriven (ˈθrɪvən) (intr)

to grow strongly and vigorously
to do well; prosper
Derived Formsthriver, nounthriving, adjectivethrivingly, 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 thrives

thrive

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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