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thrive Syllabification: thrive

Definition of thrive in English:

verb (thrives, thriving; past throveTHrōv or thrived; past participle thrivenˈTHrivən or thrived)

[no object]
1(Of a child, animal, or plant) grow or develop well or vigorously: the new baby thrived
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  • 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 organization (as adjective thriving) a thriving economy
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  • 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.
flourish, prosper, burgeon, bloom, blossom, mushroom, do well, advance, succeed, boom
flourishing, prosperous, prospering, growing, developing, burgeoning, blooming, healthy, successful, booming, mushrooming, profitable, expanding
informal going strong, going from strength to strength


Middle English (originally in the sense 'grow, increase'): from Old Norse thrífask, reflexive of thrífa 'grasp, get hold of'. Compare with thrift.

Words that rhyme with thrive

alive, arrive, chive, Clive, connive, contrive, deprive, dive, drive, five, gyve, hive, I've, jive, live, MI5, revive, rive, shrive, skive, strive, survive, swive
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