Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To make steady progress; prosper.
  • intransitive v. To grow vigorously; flourish: "the wild deer that throve here” ( Tom Clancy).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To grow or increase stature; to grow vigorously or luxuriantly, to flourish.
  • v. To increase in wealth or success; to prosper, be profitable.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To prosper by industry, economy, and good management of property; to increase in goods and estate.
  • intransitive v. To prosper in any business; to have increase or success.
  • intransitive v. To increase in bulk or stature; to grow vigorously or luxuriantly, as a plant; to flourish.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To prosper; flourish; be fortunate or successful.
  • To increase in goods and estate; grow rich or richer; keep on increasing one's acquisitions.
  • To grow vigorously or luxuriantly; flourish.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. grow vigorously
  • v. make steady progress; be at the high point in one's career or reach a high point in historical significance or importance

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English thriven, from Old Norse thrīfask, reflexive of thrīfa, to seize.

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From Old Norse þrífask, from þrifa ("grasp").

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