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  1. a simple past tense of thrive.
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verb (used without object), thrived or throve, thrived or thriv·en [thriv-uhn] /ˈθrɪv ən/, thriv·ing.
  1. to prosper; be fortunate or successful.
  2. to grow or develop vigorously; flourish: The children thrived in the country.
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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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Related Words for throve

shine, prosper, develop, mushroom, blossom, flourish, succeed, boom, bloom, grow, advance, batten, rise, radiate, increase, wax, score, burgeon, progress, arrive

Examples from the Web for throve

Historical Examples of throve

  • They grew and throve, and the silk they spun was twice as much as Kané had expected.

    Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)


  • 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.

  • She suckled and watched over it with great care, and it throve well.

    Anecdotes of Dogs

    Edward Jesse

  • What son ever revolted even from the worst father, and throve in life?

    Lucretia, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

British Dictionary definitions for throve


  1. a past tense of thrive
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verb thrives, thriving, thrived, throve, thrived or thriven (ˈθrɪvən) (intr)
  1. to grow strongly and vigorously
  2. to do well; prosper
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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 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.

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