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

  • v. A past tense of thrive.

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  • v. A past tense of thrive.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • imp. of thrive.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Preterit of thrive.


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  • A guerilla warfare, such as throve in Spain, must surely be crushed in her open plains; and the diffident King returned

    The Life of Napoleon I (Volume 2 of 2)

  • And when you throve, you looked about you and saw the beauty of the world and fancied yet greater beauty.

    The Kempton-Wace Letters

  • Cycads throve so spectacularly in the Jurassic, comprising perhaps 20 percent of the flora on the face of the earth, that another name for the era is the Age of Cycads.


  • We throve astonishingly in that first week, just as Susie had predicted; our fame spread, and the dago quality began to come in, not only from Santa Fe but from the valley below Albuquerque even, and the rancherias in the country round.


  • I hate to nitpick about this, but please, please, can people begin to say "thriven" and "throve"?

    That List Of "Democrats And Indys" Backing McCain? It's A Bit Of A Sham.

  • He married the first moment that he could; he built a house; he broke the stubborn soil; he throve, as many a cultivated patch bore witness, bravely clad in waving gold.

    Peer Gynt

  • Thank you so much, and I really do appreciate your interest in this treasure throve of the Mother's Best of my dad, Hank Williams.

    Hank Williams' Lost Music: Rare And Resurfaced

  • In proportion as he mounted, throve, invitations rained down upon him.

    Les Miserables

  • Occupation I throve so well, that in a little Time I became Master of a


  • At Port-Royal, he tells us, he “sowed there some seeds which throve well; and…took therein particular pleasure, although beforehand it had entailed a great deal of labor.”

    Champlain's Dream


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  • Rarely used past tense form of the verb thrive, which has been largely replaced by thrived.

    January 16, 2009