verb (thrives, thriving; past throve /THrōv/ or thrived; past participle thriven /ˈTHrivən/ 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 organization (as adjective thriving) a thriving economyMore example sentences
flourish, prosper, burgeon, bloom, blossom, mushroom, do well, advance, succeed, boomflourishing, prosperous, prospering, growing, developing, burgeoning, blooming, healthy, successful, booming, mushrooming, profitable, expanding• informal going strong, going from strength to strength
- 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.