intransitive verb (thrived or throve; thrived; also thriven; thriving) Etymology: Middle English, from Old Norse thrīfask, probably reflexive of thrīfa to grasp Date: 13th century 1. to grow vigorously ; flourish 2. to gain in wealth or possessions ; prosper 3. to progress toward or realize a goal despite or because of circumstances — often used with on <
thrives on conflict
thriver noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • 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

  • thrive — [θraıv] v past tense thrived or throve [θrəuv US θrouv] past participle thrived [i]formal [Date: 1200 1300; : Old Norse; Origin: thrifask, probably from thrifa to seize ] to become very successful or very strong and healthy ▪ plants that thrive… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • thrive — [θraɪv] verb thrived PASTTENSE or throve [θrəʊv ǁ θroʊv] thrived PASTPART [intransitive] if a company, market, or place is thriving, it is very successful and making a lot of money …   Financial and business terms

  • thrive — [ θraıv ] verb intransitive * to become very successful, happy, or healthy: Children thrive when given plenty of love and attention. This type of plant thrives in cool conditions. thrive on phrasal verb transitive thrive on something to become… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • thrive — c.1200, from O.N. þrifask to thrive, originally grasp to oneself, probably from O.N. þrifa to clutch, grasp, grip (Cf. Swed. trifvas, Dan. trives to thrive, flourish ), of unknown origin …   Etymology dictionary

  • thrive — thrive; thrive·less; …   English syllables

  • thrive — index gain, germinate, increase, prevail (triumph), proliferate, succeed (attain) Burton s Legal Thesa …   Law dictionary

  • thrive — *succeed, prosper, flourish Analogous words: *increase, augment, multiply, enlarge Antonyms: languish …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • thrive — The past and past participle of the verb are normally both thrived, although throve (past) and thriven (past participle) are occasionally used in BrE …   Modern English usage

  • thrive — [v] do well advance, arrive, batten, bear fruit, bloom, blossom, boom, burgeon, develop, flourish, get ahead*, get fat*, get on*, get places*, get there*, grow, grow rich, increase, make a go*, mushroom*, progress, prosper, radiate, rise, score* …   New thesaurus

  • thrive — ► VERB (past thrived or throve; past part. thrived or thriven) 1) grow or develop well or vigorously. 2) prosper; flourish. ORIGIN Old Norse, grasp, get hold of ; related to THRIFT(Cf. ↑thrift) …   English terms dictionary

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