thrive Definition

to grow or develop well, or to be successful and make a lot of money or progress.

Using thrive: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "thrive" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The plants are thriving in the warm weather.

  • Example

    Small businesses can thrive in this area.

  • Example

    She seems to thrive on stress.

  • Example

    The company has thrived under her leadership.

thrive Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for thrive

Idioms Using thrive

  • to do well and continue to exist despite difficult circumstances


    The small business was able to thrive and survive during the economic recession.

  • to become stronger or more successful as a result of facing challenges or difficulties


    She seems to thrive on adversity and always comes out stronger.

  • to grow or develop quickly and easily, often used to describe plants or children


    The wildflowers were thriving like weeds in the garden.

Phrases with thrive

  • to enjoy or be energized by something


    He thrives on competition and always wants to win.

  • to be successful or do well in a particular environment or situation


    She thrives in fast-paced work environments.

  • to have a strong desire or ambition to achieve something


    He has always thrived for success in his career.

Origins of thrive

from Old Norse 'thrīfask', meaning 'to grasp after, thrive'


Summary: thrive in Brief

The verb 'thrive' [θraɪv] means to grow or develop well, be successful, or make a lot of progress. It can refer to plants, businesses, individuals, or organizations. Phrases like 'thrive on something' and 'thrive in something' denote enjoying or being successful in certain environments, while idioms like 'thrive and survive' and 'thrive on adversity' imply overcoming challenges. 'Thrive' is often used formally, as in 'Small businesses can thrive in this area.'

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