Definition of thrive :
1. 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.
2. To prosper by industry, economy, and good management of property; to increase in goods and estate; as, a farmer thrives by good husbandry.
3. To prosper in any business; to have increase or success.
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prosper (part of speech: verb)
- All classes of the natives of Ceylon are full of superstitions, and support hundreds of demon- priests, who thrive upon the foolishness and fears of the masses. - "The Pearl of India", Maturin M. Ballou.
- But there has not yet been invented any government in which a people would thrive who were ignorant and vicious. - "The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner", Charles Dudley Warner.
- They make an atmosphere about them in which spiritual things can thrive, and out of their school often come men who do greater things, better they cannot do, than they. - "Malcolm", George MacDonald.