Definition of Thrive

1. Verb. Grow vigorously. "The business is going to thrive "; "Business is booming"

Exact synonyms: Boom, Expand, Flourish
Specialized synonyms: Revive, Luxuriate
Generic synonyms: Grow
Derivative terms: Boom, Expansible

2. Verb. 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"
Exact synonyms: Flourish, Fly High, Prosper
Generic synonyms: Change State, Turn

Definition of Thrive

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

Definition of Thrive

1. Verb. To grow or increase stature; to grow vigorously or luxuriantly, to flourish. ¹

2. Verb. To increase in wealth or success; to prosper, be profitable. ¹

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Definition of Thrive

1. to grow vigorously [v THROVE or THRIVED, THRIVEN, THRIVING, THRIVES]

Medical Definition of Thrive

1. 1. To posper by industry, economy, and good management of property; to increase in goods and estate; as, a farmer thrives by good husbandry. "Diligence and humility is the way to thrive in the riches of the understanding, as well as in gold." (I. Watts) 2. To prosper in any business; to have increase or success. "They by vices thrive." "O son, why sit we here, each other viewing Idly, while Satan, our great author, thrives?" (Milton) "And so she throve and prospered." (Tennyson) 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. Origin: Throve or Thrived; Thrived or Thriven; Thriving [OE. Riven, Icel. Rifask; probably originally, to grasp for one's self, from rifa to grasp; akin to Dan. Trives to thrive, Sw. Trifvas. Cf. Thrift. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Thrive

thrive (current term)
thrix annulata

Literary usage of Thrive

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1. The Christian Examiner (1841)
"By MARY HOWITT, author of " Strive and thrive." Boston : James Munroe & Co. 1840. THESE little books rank with Miss Edgeworth's, and Miss Sedg- wick's ..."

2. The New York Times Current History (1915)
"The Moral Right to thrive on War By Dr. Kuno Francke Dr. Francke Is Professor of the History of German Culture and Curator of the Germanic Museum in Harvard ..."

3. Encyclopædia Britannica: Or, A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and by Colin MacFarquhar, George Gleig (1797)
"... neither of them thrive under the made. It is a better lower ones having been deprived of air and rain by the method to remove all the withered earth in ..."

4. A Dictionary of the English Language: In which the Words are Deduced from Samuel Johnson by Samuel Johnson (1805)
"They by vices thrive, Sail on smooth seas, and at their port arrive. ... Growth is of the very nature of some things: to be and to thrive is all one with ..."

5. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1891)
"Strive and thrive,' 1840. 7. ' Sowing and Reaping, or What will come of it,' 1841. 8. ' Work and . or Life in Service,' 1842. 9. ..."

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