verb (thrives, thriving, past throve /θrəʊv/ or thrived; past participle thriven /ˈθrɪv(ə)n/ or thrived)[no object]
- 1(Of a child, animal, or plant) grow or develop well or vigorously: the new baby thrivedMore example sentences
- They differ from land forests because of the soil types and the fact that the plant life and trees thrive in salt water.
- It is an easy plant to grow, thriving in most well-drained soils and sun or light shade.
- This has now grown to 19 acres where a plant population of 20,000 species thrives.
- 1.1Prosper; flourish: education groups thrive on organizationMore example sentences
flourish, prosper, grow vigorously, develop well, burgeon, bloom, blossom, do well, advance, make strides, succeed; shoot up; boom, profit, expand, go well, grow richflourishing, prosperous, prospering, growing, developing, burgeoning, blooming, healthy, successful, advancing, progressing; luxuriant, lush, prolific; booming, profitable, expanding• informal going strong
- Those who thrive on glib pronouncements about the role of renewables should carry out the occasional reality check.
- His monopoly, they say, was threatening to kill off any semblance of competition in a discipline that used to thrive on it.
- But literary journals and magazines have their own set of readers and thrive on them.
Middle English (originally in the sense 'grow, increase'): from Old Norse thrífask, reflexive of thrífa 'grasp, get hold of'. Compare with thrift.