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Thrive


THRIVE, verb intransitive

1. To prosper by industry, economy and good management of property; to increase in goods and estate. A farmer thrives by good husbandry. When the body of laboring men thrive we pronounce the state prosperous.

Diligence and humility is the way to thrive in the riches of the understanding, as well as in gold.

2. To prosper in any business; to have increase or success.

O son, why sit we here, each other viewing

Idly, while Satan our great author thrives?

They by vices thrive

3. To grow; to increase in bulk or stature; to flourish. Young cattle thrive in rich pastures; and trees thrive in a good soil.

4. To grow; to advance; to increase or advance in any thing valuable.