thrives

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Thrive \Thrive\ (thr[imac]v), verb (used without an object) [imp. {Throve} (thr[=o]v) or {Thrived} (thr[imac]vd); p. p. {Thrived} or {Thriven} (thr[i^]v"'n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Thriving}.] [OE. [thorn]riven, Icel. [thorn]r[imac]fask; probably originally, to grasp for one's self, from [thorn]r[imac]fa to grasp; akin to Dan. trives to thrive, Sw. trifvas. Cf. {Thrift}.]

1. To prosper 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. --I. Watts.

2. To prosper in any business; to have increase or success. "They by vices thrive." --Sandys.

O son, why sit we here, each other viewing Idly, while Satan, our great author, thrives? --Milton.

And so she throve and prospered. --Tennyson.

3. 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.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

thrive

verb

1: grow vigorously; "The deer population in this town is thriving"; "business is booming" [syn: {boom}, {thrive}, {flourish}, {expand}]

2: make steady progress; be at the high point in one's career or reach a high point in historical significance or importance; "The new student is thriving" [syn: {thrive}, {prosper}, {fly high}, {flourish}]


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