Definition of thrive in English:

thrive

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1 (of a child, animal, or plant) grow or develop well or vigorously.

    ‘the new baby thrived’
    • ‘This has now grown to 19 acres where a plant population of 20,000 species thrives.’
    • ‘It is an easy plant to grow, thriving in most well-drained soils and sun or light shade.’
    • ‘They differ from land forests because of the soil types and the fact that the plant life and trees thrive in salt water.’
    • ‘The younger children are thriving and living peaceful lives here in Bolton.’
    • ‘His children thrived and Heshu went on to study at the William Morris Academy in Fulham, south-west London.’
    • ‘Rice also thrives in the climate, and yields in the Sacramento Valley are the highest in the world.’
    • ‘It can mean anything which helps a family to function and where children thrive.’
    • ‘These beasts have thriven on the Great Plain since the early Middle Ages.’
    • ‘The parrot was thriving and got very fat but it was running short on feathers.’
    • ‘Each of her children thrived on her love and attention and all of them achieved fulfillment from their chosen professions.’
    • ‘Barn owls thrive in and around human settlements in villages, towns and cities.’
    • ‘Bees thrive in London: they have a far better choice of flowers than their country cousins.’
    • ‘Society should recognise that a child may thrive in any number of different family structures.’
    • ‘Anglers are being drawn back to the banks of the river in the heart of Greater Manchester where fish are thriving again.’
    • ‘When the temperature rises and the sun shines the algae thrives and can produce harmful toxins.’
    • ‘The red algae thrives in places where the concentration of oxygen is very less.’
    • ‘This fast-growing deciduous vine thrives in full sun and tolerates cold and drought.’
    • ‘This extremely winter-hardy species thrives in a lightly shaded location.’
    • ‘Cereals, beans, and vines thrive in between clumps of eucalyptus on the heavy but fertile clay soils.’
    • ‘Vigilance by all who want to see these wonderful creatures thrive into the future is still in order.’
    1. 1.1Prosper; flourish.
      ‘education groups thrive on organization’
      • ‘It's the underground genres that thrive on the Internet and the record labels know it.’
      • ‘Once again, these B-grade luxury goods sellers thrive on the naiveness of tourists.’
      • ‘His party privatised the railways and fat cats thrived from the ‘greed is good Thatcher years’.’
      • ‘You get the feeling that daily dilemmas are grist to the mill for Singh, who seems to thrive on the push and pull of the restaurant trade.’
      • ‘They thrive on misinformation, on twisting the truth to suit their nefarious ends.’
      • ‘Fortunately, Pearson seems to thrive on the insecurity of the actor's life.’
      • ‘Those who thrive on glib pronouncements about the role of renewables should carry out the occasional reality check.’
      • ‘It's not that I find such constant flux unpleasant - to a certain extent I thrive on it.’
      • ‘The fanatics who buy into the al-Qaeda ideology thrive on anger and hate.’
      • ‘If truth must be an exile from the mainstream of politics, let it thrive on the margins.’
      • ‘Moneyed big companies seem to almost thrive on residents' apathy and the sentiment that the worst is as good as done.’
      • ‘They thrive on speculation and controversy and highlight divisions, issues and problems.’
      • ‘That human minds thrive on aesthetics is a curse when trying to comprehend new surroundings.’
      • ‘But literary journals and magazines have their own set of readers and thrive on them.’
      • ‘It is a short step from there to realising that then we also cannot hate those who thrive on spreading hatred.’
      • ‘There is also no doubt that certain sections of the media thrive on controversy rather than the positive aspects of the game.’
      • ‘There is hope even for the thrill-seekers who thrive on the chaos - but not for adult serial arsonists.’
      • ‘You must thrive on the knowledge that you can bully someone and get so many sycophants to follow suit.’
      • ‘Such is the lot of the actor, who must thrive on myriad challenges.’
      • ‘His monopoly, they say, was threatening to kill off any semblance of competition in a discipline that used to thrive on it.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

thrive

/θrʌɪv/