1. a simple past tense of thrive.

verb (used without object), thrived or throve, thrived or thriv·en [thrivuhn] /ˈθrɪv ən/, thriv·ing.

  1. to prosper; be fortunate or successful.
  2. to grow or develop vigorously; flourish: The children thrived in the country.


  1. a past tense of thrive

verb thrives, thriving, thrived, throve, thrived or thriven (ˈθrɪvən) (intr)

  1. to grow strongly and vigorously
  2. to do well; prosper

v.c.1200, from Old Norse þrifask “to thrive,” originally “grasp to oneself,” probably from Old Norse þrifa “to clutch, grasp, grip” (cf. Swedish trifvas, Danish trives “to thrive, flourish”), of unknown origin. Related: Thrived; thriving.

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