Thrive v. i. [imp. Throve or Thrived p. p. Thrived or Thriven p. pr. & vb. n. Thriving.]
1. To prosper by industry, economy, and good management of property; to increase in goods and estate; as, a farmer thrives by good husbandry.
Diligence and humility is the way to thrive in the riches of the understanding, as well as in gold. --I. Watts.
2. To prosper in any business; to have increase or success. “They by vices thrive.”
O son, why sit we here, each other viewing
Idly, while Satan, our great author, thrives? --Milton.
And so she throve and prospered. --Tennyson.
3. To increase in bulk or stature; to grow vigorously or luxuriantly, as a plant; to flourish; as, young cattle thrive in rich pastures; trees thrive in a good soil.
adj 1: very lively and profitable; "flourishing businesses"; "a
palmy time for stockbrokers"; "a prosperous new
business"; "doing a roaring trade"; "a thriving
tourist center"; "did a thriving business in orchids"
[syn: booming, flourishing, palmy, prospering,
2: having or showing vigorous vegetal or animal life;
"flourishing crops"; "flourishing chicks"; "a growing
boy"; "fast-growing weeds"; "a thriving deer population"
[syn: flourishing, growing]