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Definitions for thrive
θraɪv; ˈθrɪv ənthrive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. boom, thrive, flourish, expandverb

    grow vigorously

    "The deer population in this town is thriving"; "business is booming"

  2. thrive, prosper, fly high, flourishverb

    make steady progress; be at the high point in one's career or reach a high point in historical significance or importance

    "The new student is thriving"


  1. thriveverb

    To grow or increase stature; to grow vigorously or luxuriantly, to flourish.

  2. thriveverb

    To increase in wealth or success; to prosper, be profitable.

    Since expanding in June, the business has really thrived.

  3. Etymology: From þrífask, from þrifa.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To THRIVEverb

    pret. throve. and sometimes less properly thrived. part. thriven. To prosper; to grow rich; to advance in any thing desired.

    Etymology: Of this word there is found no satisfactory etymology: in the northern dialect they use throdden, to make grow; perhaps throve was the original word, from throa, Islandick, to encrease.

    He came forth with his clowns horst on poor cart-jades, and so furnished, that if this be thrift, I wish my subjects never thrive. Philip Sidney.

    The better thou thrivest, the gladder am I. Thomas Tusser.

    If lord Percy thrive not, ere the king
    Dismiss his power, he means to visit us. William Shakespeare.

    It grew amongst bushes, where commonly plants do not thrive. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist. №. 620.

    They by vices thrive,
    Sail on smooth seas, and at their port arrive. George Sandys.

    O son! why sit we here, each other viewing
    Idly, while Satan, our great author, thrives
    In other worlds, and happier seat provides
    For us, his offspring dear? John Milton, Par. Lost, b. x.

    Those who have resolved upon the thriving sort of piety, seldom embark all their hopes in one bottom. Decay of Piety.

    A careful shepherd not only turns his flock into a common pasture, but with particular advertence observes the thriving of every one. Decay of Piety.

    Growth is of the very nature of some things: to be and to thrive is all one with them; and they know no middle season between their spring and their fall. Robert South, Serm.

    Experienc’d age in deep despair was lost,
    To see the rebel thrive, the loyal crost. Dryden.

    Seldom a thriving man turns his land into money to make the greater advantage. John Locke.

    The thriven calves in meads their food forsake,
    And render their sweet souls before the plenteous rack. John Dryden, Virgil.

    A little hope ———— but I have none.
    On air the poor camelions thrive,
    Deny’d ev’n that my love can live. George Granville.

    Such a care hath always been taken of the city charities, that they have thriven and prospered gradually from their infancy, down to this very day. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

    In the fat age of pleasure, wealth and ease,
    Sprung the rank weed, and thriv’d with large increase. Alexander Pope, Essay on Criticism.

    Diligence and humility is the way to thrive in the riches of the understanding, as well as in gold. Isaac Watts, Logick.


  1. thrive

    Thrive means to prosper, grow, or flourish in a positive and successful manner. It suggests thriving in various aspects of life such as achieving personal goals, advancing professionally, maintaining good health and well-being, and experiencing overall happiness and fulfillment.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Thriveverb

    to prosper by industry, economy, and good management of property; to increase in goods and estate; as, a farmer thrives by good husbandry

  2. Thriveverb

    to prosper in any business; to have increase or success

  3. Thriveverb

    to increase in bulk or stature; to grow vigorously or luxuriantly, as a plant; to flourish; as, young cattle thrive in rich pastures; trees thrive in a good soil


  1. Thrive

    Thrive is the ninth studio album by Christian pop rock band Newsboys, released in 2002. It features the singles "It Is You," "Million Pieces," and "Lord." Thrive debuted at No. 38 on the Billboard 200 charts, selling 37,000 units. In 2005, the album was re-released as Thrive – Special Edition which bundled the album with the previously released concert DVD From The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. When it was pre-ordered it came with the exclusive It Is You EP.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Thrive

    thrīv, v.i. to prosper: to increase in goods: to be successful: to grow: to flourish:—pa.t. thrōve and thrīved; pa.p. thriv′en.adj. Thrive′less, thriftless.—n. Thrī′ver, one who succeeds.—p.adj. Thrī′ving, flourishing, successful.—adv. Thrī′vingly, in a thriving or prosperous manner.—n. Thrī′vingness. [Ice. thrífa, to grasp.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of thrive in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of thrive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of thrive in a Sentence

  1. Anthony Burgess:

    Women thrive on novelty and are easy meat for the commerce of fashion. Men prefer old pipes and torn jackets.

  2. Sarah N. Cleghorn:

    The unfit die -- the fit both live and thrive. Alas, who say so They who do survive.

  3. Russell Baker:

    Reporters thrive on the world's misfortune. For this reason they often take an indecent pleasure in events that dismay the rest of humanity.

  4. Pam Brown:

    A friendship can weather most things and thrive in thin soil but it needs a little mulch of letters and phone calls and small, silly presents every so often - just to save it from drying out completely.

  5. Sharmila Bhattacharya:

    Each of these four experiments will help us understand a unique aspect of how biological systems can adapt and thrive in deep space, gathering information like this and analyzing it after flight will eventually help us paint the full picture of how we can help humans thrive in deep space.

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    separate or cut with a tool, such as a sharp instrument
    • A. efface
    • B. embellish
    • C. denudate
    • D. cleave

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