Hypertext Webster Gateway: "thrive"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Thrive \Thrive\ (thr[imac]v), v. i. [imp. {Throve} (thr[=o]v) or
{Thrived} (thr[imac]vd); p. p. {Thrived} or {Thriven}
(thr[i^]v"'n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Thriving}.] [OE.
[thorn]riven, Icel. [thorn]r[=i]fask; probably originally, to
grasp for one's self, from [thorn]r[=i]fa to grasp; akin to
Dan. trives to thrive, Sw. trifvas. Cf. {Thrift}.]
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.'' --Sandys.

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.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

v 1: grow stronger; "The economy was booming" [syn: {boom}, {prosper},
{get ahead}, {flourish}, {expand}]
2: gain in wealth [syn: {prosper}, {fligh high}, {flourish}]

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