Thrive (?), v. i. [imp. Throve (?) or Thrived (); p. p. Thrived or Thriven (); p. pr. & vb. n. Thriving.] [OE. riven, Icel. rifask; probably originally, to grasp for one's self, from rifa to grasp; akin to Dan. trives to thrive, Sw. trifvas. Cf. Thrift.]
To posper by industry, economy, and good management of property; to increase in goods and estate; as, a farmer thrives by good husbandry.
Diligence and humility is the way to thrive in the riches of the understanding, as well as in gold.
To prosper in any business; to have increase or success.
"They by vices thrive
O son, why sit we here, each other viewing
Idly, while Satan, our great author, thrives?
And so she throve and prospered.
To increase in bulk or stature; to grow vigorously or luxuriantly, as a plant; to flourish; as, young cattle thrive in rich pastures; trees thrive in a good soil.
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