Definitions

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

  • pro. Used as the direct object of a verb.
  • pro. Used as the indirect object of a verb.
  • pro. Used as the object of a preposition.
  • pro. Used in the nominative as well as the objective case, especially by members of the Society of Friends.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • pro. Objective case of thou.
  • pro. Thou.
  • v. To thrive; prosper.
  • n. The name of the letter ⟨(⟩, which stands for the th sound IPA: /ð/ in Pitman shorthand.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To thrive; to prosper.
  • pro. The objective case of thou. See thou.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To thrive; prosper.
  • The form theech, from thee ich, is also found in the phrase so theech, so may I thrive; also so theek.
  • The objective case of thou.
  • Thy: as, where's thee manners ?

Etymologies

From Middle English thee, the, from Old English þē ("thee", originally dative, but later also accusative), from Proto-Germanic *þiz (“thee”), from Proto-Indo-European *te- (“second-person singular pronoun”). Cognate with German Low German du ("thee"), German dir ("thee", dative pron.), Icelandic þér ("thee"). More at thou. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English theen ("to increase, prosper, flourish"), from Old English þēon ("to thrive, prosper, flourish, grow"), from Proto-Germanic *þinhanan (“to thrive, succeed”), from Proto-Indo-European *tenk-, *tenkh- (“to succeed, turn out well”). Cognate with Dutch gedijen ("to flourish, thrive, prosper, succeed"), German gedeihen ("to thrive"), Gothic  (gaþeihan, "to increase, thrive"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • i want to call you thou, the sound
    of the shape of the start
    of a kiss — like this, thou —
    and to say, after, i love,
    thou, i love, thou i love, not
    i love you.

    because i so do —
    as we say now — i want to say
    thee, i adore, i adore thee,
    and to know in my lips
    the syntax of love resides,
    and to gaze in thine eyes.

    love’s language starts, stops, starts;
    the right words flowing or clotting in the heart.

    - c. a. d

    January 9, 2007