1. To posper 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.
Origin: Throve or Thrived; Thrived or Thriven; Thriving OE. Riven, Icel. Rifask; probably originally, to grasp for one’s self, from rifa to grasp; akin to Dan. Trives to thrive, Sw. Trifvas. Cf. Thrift.