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
Middle English thriven, from Old Norse thrīfask, reflexive of thrīfa, to seize.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old Norse þrífask, from þrifa ("grasp"). (Wiktionary)