Thriven
Thrive Thrive (thr[imac]v), v. i. [imp. {Throve} (thr[=o]v) or {Thrived} (thr[imac]vd); p. p. {Thrived} or {Thriven} (thr[i^]v"'n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Thriving}.] [OE. [thorn]riven, Icel. [thorn]r[=i]fask; probably originally, to grasp for one's self, from [thorn]r[=i]fa to grasp; akin to Dan. trives to thrive, Sw. trifvas. Cf. {Thrift}.] 1. To prosper by industry, economy, and good management of property; to increase in goods and estate; as, a farmer thrives by good husbandry. [1913 Webster]

Diligence and humility is the way to thrive in the riches of the understanding, as well as in gold. --I. Watts. [1913 Webster]

2. To prosper in any business; to have increase or success. ``They by vices thrive.'' --Sandys. [1913 Webster]

O son, why sit we here, each other viewing Idly, while Satan, our great author, thrives? --Milton. [1913 Webster]

And so she throve and prospered. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

3. 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. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster]


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  • Thriven — Thriv en, p. p. of {Thrive}. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • thriven — /thrivˈn/ adjective 1. Grown, developed 2. Successful • • • Main Entry: ↑thrive …   Useful english dictionary

  • thriven — adj. == virtuous, good. Wright’s L. P. pp. 23, 26; ‘thriven and thro.’ Body and Soul, 87; ‘thryven in thro.’ Wright’s L. P. p. 26, and see p. 39 …   Oldest English Words

  • thriven — un·thriven; …   English syllables

  • thriven — θraɪv v. prosper, flourish, succeed …   English contemporary dictionary

  • thriven — UK [θraɪvən] / US thrive …   English dictionary

  • wan-thriven — …   Useful english dictionary

  • well-thriven — …   Useful english dictionary

  • thrive — thriver, n. thrivingly, adv. /thruyv/, v.i., thrived or throve, thrived or thriven /thriv euhn/, thriving. 1. to prosper; be fortunate or successful. 2. to grow or develop vigorously; flourish: The children thrived in the country. [1150 1200; ME… …   Universalium

  • Thrive — (thr[imac]v), v. i. [imp. {Throve} (thr[=o]v) or {Thrived} (thr[imac]vd); p. p. {Thrived} or {Thriven} (thr[i^]v n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Thriving}.] [OE. [thorn]riven, Icel. [thorn]r[=i]fask; probably originally, to grasp for one s self, from… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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