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thrive

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English

Etymology

From Old Norse þrífask, from þrifa (grasp).

Pronunciation

Verb

Infinitive
to thrive

Third person singular
thrives

Simple past
throve or thrived

Past participle
thriven or thrived

Present participle
thriving

to thrive (third-person singular simple present thrives, present participle thriving, simple past throve or thrived, past participle thriven or thrived)
  1. To grow or increase in bulk or stature; to grow vigorously or luxuriantly, to flourish.
    • 1819: “It seems to me, reverend father,” said the knight, “that the small morsels which you eat, together with this holy, but somewhat thin beverage, have thriven with you marvellously.” — Walter Scott, Ivanhoe
  2. To increase in wealth or success; to prosper, be profitable.
    Since expanding in June, the business has really thrived.

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